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Roberto Orci Reveals Just How Much He’s Involved In Star Trek 3

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Star TrekSince being ousted as director, many people have been wondering about Roberto Orci’s continued role in the upcoming Star Trek 3. We’ve heard that he will stay on, though in what capacity no one was quite sure, until now. Orci took to the internet to speak to the nature of his involvement, and it will be much more limited than before.

Once again, Orci visited the message boards over at Trek Movie, saying, “I’m producing, nothing more or less.” That’s about as straightforward and to the point as you can get. And while we’ve heard that Star Trek 3 is going to continue to work from a script by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, it sounds like that is up in the air as well, as Orci replied to another comment, saying, “I won’t lie, I don’t know yet [who is writing], but the story we are talking about would be awesome, hang in there!”

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Roberto Orci Talks Star Trek 3 Now That He Is No Longer Directing

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Star Trek Into DarknessThere’s been a lot of talk about Star Trek 3 lately, especially with Roberto Orci leaving the director’s chair on the third installment of the rebooted franchise. We’ve also heard rumors that the plot of the film may have involved time travel, or at least some kind of time travel device. 15 months after going dark on the internet, Orci briefly reappeared to shed some light on his exit, his continued involvement in the Trek series, and those reports about the story.

Back in September of 2013, Orci went onto the forums at TrekMovie and got into it with some fans over disparaging comments about Star Trek Into Darkness. He apologized, but shortly thereafter deleted his Twitter account and hasn’t been seen much, or at all, online since. However, that changed the other day when he hit up the same website to respond to some questions about his leaving.

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Here’s What Star Trek 3 Might Have Been About Before Bob Orci’s Departure

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SpockChockSince that other sci-fi mega-franchise with “Star” in the title has been hogging the limelight for the past few weeks, it makes sense that Star Trek might want to remind everybody that, hey, it’s still in the game too. What we definitely weren’t expecting, however, was the revelation that director Roberto Orci would allegedly no longer be at the helm of Trek’s next installment. While the whys and wherefores of that shocking announcement remain to be seen, we now have some information about where the story might have headed in Star Trek 3…or at least in the version of Trek 3 that would have been directed by Roberto Orci.

Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest has been sniffing around his sources since the story broke, and he claims production on Trek 3 was shut down by Paramount last month, with one of the primary contributing factors being the state and direction of the script. That script was being written by Orci in collaboration with up-and-coming screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who had also been tapped to write a Flash Gordon remake. There were rumors about Trek 3’s story, of course — it was supposed to officially kick off the Enterprise’s five-year mission of exploration, with both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy rumored to be appearing as older versions of Kirk and Spock, respectively. But very little had been actually confirmed. According to Badass Digest, however, the Trek 3 script in question would have returned to a trope Trek has used oh so many times before: time travel.

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Roberto Orci Is Off Star Trek 3, Find Out Who Is In Line To Replace Him

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Star TrekThis is news that I suspect is going to make a lot of Star Trek fans out there very, very happy. The much-maligned Roberto Orci has vacated the director’s chair of the upcoming Star Trek 3. That alone is newsworthy, but the first name to be mentioned in regards to filling that slot up again is an exciting one: Edgar Wright.

A writer and producer on the first two films, Orci was tapped to take the directing job on Star Trek 3, which would have been his first job helming anything, let alone a blockbuster feature, after J.J. Abrams left the rebooted franchise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Deadline reports, however, that this is no longer the case. It’s unclear if the decision was Orci’s, or if the Paramount brass had anything to do with pulling the plug. He’s still going to stay on as a producer and writer, which seems unlikely if he was fired, but who the hell knows, maybe they gently suggested he step down.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adds Roberto Orci And X-Men: First Class Writers

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If, like me, you’re already dreading the impending onslaught of all things Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and are waiting for that one silver lining to appear that could make Lionsgate’s upcoming feature a non-disaster. That silver lining may have arrived in the form of a new creative team, but I don’t think a lot of people are going to be happy about it. Roberto Orci, of Star Trek and Transformers fame, has been brought in as an executive producer who will oversee the story development with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Let’s start with the brighter side here. Though X-Men: First Class is arguably the most popular and most enjoyable of their works together, screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were also writers and producers on Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. On the feature side, they were also part of the Thor writer squad, and were tapped at one point to write the script for Top Gun 2. All of these examples, especially that last one, convey that these writers have a pretty solid grasp on how to tell stories outside of reality’s grip, so writing about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is seemingly right up their alley. (I can’t tell if that’s an insult or not.)

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Star Trek Fans Rejoice, Roberto Orci May Not Direct Star Trek 3

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enterpriseAccording to recent reports when Star Trek 3 drops, supposedly in 2016, they could finally get around to the whole “boldly going where no man has gone before” portion of the story, which is something fans of the original franchise would really like to see from the rebooted series. That’s something to get excited about. One thing that hasn’t exactly ignited a wildfire of enthusiasm, however, is the idea of Robert Orci directing the film. We thought that was set in stone, but according to a recent interview, he has not been officially confirmed as the helmer by Paramount. Stick your head out the window and you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief from fans.

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