Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions are looking for a new director for Star Trek 3 to fill the void after J.J. Abrams jumped ship for Star Wars: Episode VII. The third installment in the rebooted Trek series recently welcomed two new writers and booted out two others out the door. It comes to no surprise that Roberto Orci will continue with the franchise, but in a shocking move, he will not be working with his long-time collaborator and writing partner Alex Kurtzman.
According to THR, Star Trek 3 has added J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to work with Orci on the script. Payne and McKay replace Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, who worked on Star Trek Into Darkness. No doubt many fans will consider it good news to have some new blood. Paramount is aiming for a 2016 release date for Star Trek 3. For months there have been rumors that Paramount wants to release the new film to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series, released in 1966.