Set Phasers To Disappointment: Roberto Orci Will Direct STAR TREK 3

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orciSince it was announced that J.J. Abrams would be stepping out of the captain’s chair of the Star Trek franchise so he can take a trip to a galaxy far, far, away, there have been a lot of names thrown out there as possible replacements. For a time it looked like Attack The Block director Joe Cornish would be the guy, but tonight Variety is reporting that Roberto Orci has landed the highly-coveted job. Orci was a writer and producer on both of AbramsTrek flick, so the news doesn’t come as a complete surprise though it is unwelcome by some of the more hardcore elements of the Trek fandom.

According to the site, Orci landed the job due in part to the fact that he is writing the story for the third outing with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. He had been campaigning hard to replace Abrams for some time as well. Orci is something of a controversial choice considering how less than warmly received Star Trek Into Darkness was, but it seems Abrams and the studio have faith in the man. Orci also has a heavy hand in the Spider-Man trilogy, having co-wrote and executive produced the luke warmly received Amazing Spider-Man 2. While that means he’s no stranger to mega-franchises, it does mean he’s a pretty divisive figure. We’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out, but Orci does have an uphill battle with the hardcore Trekkies. What do you think about the news? Are you willing to give Orci a chance?

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