May 26, 2016  

Roberto Orci Eying 'Star Trek 3' as His Directorial Debut

April 23, 2014 (4:17 am) GMT
As his writing partner Alex Kurtzman is attached to direct 'Venom', Orci is pursuing 'Star Trek Into Darkness' sequel as his first directorial gig.

Roberto Orci is lobbying to direct "Star Trek 3", which he is scripting with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. According to a scoop from Variety, producer J.J. Abrams who leaves directing seat to helm "Star Wars Episode 7" already gave his blessing for the writer to be at the helm.

Orci has been working in tandem with Alex Kurtzman, writing a number of Hollywood tentpole projects including "", the first two "" films, "", the previous two "" movies, and "".

Now the writing and producing duo is reportedly splitting on the movie side to allow them to pursue separate feature careers as directors. However, the two who launched TV producing company K/O Paper Products in 2009 will remain together as a team on the small-screen business.

If Orci lands the "Star Trek 3" deal, it will mark his directorial debut in a feature film. Kurtzman, meanwhile, is attached to direct "Amazing Spider-Man" spin-off, "Venom (2017)", which he wrote with Orci and Ed Solomon. Kurtzman previously helmed indie drama "".

Kurtzman was initially tapped to pen the screenplay for "Star Trek 3" along with Orci, but he then opted to sit out the scripting duty for the third installment. McKay and Payne were later brought in to help Orci finish the job. Joe Cornish, who is currently working on Marvel's "", is among the candidates to direct the third "Star Trek" film.

More Star Trek Beyond News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Team Arrow Is on Break After Season Finale. What Will Bring Them Back Together?
  2. First Man Born on Mars Finds Love on Earth in First 'Space Between Us' Trailer
  3. Harry Styles Looks Handsome With His New Haircut. See His Clean-Cut Look!
  4. At Least Four People Shot During T.I.'s Concert in NY
  5. 'The Americans' to End After Two More Seasons
  6. Rihanna Launches 'Star Trek'-Inspired Eyewear With Dior. See the Futuristic Design!
  7. The Weeknd Cancels Performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Because of Donald Trump
  8. Kanye West Plays Matchmaker for Exes Khloe Kardashian and French Montana