Roberto Orci In Talks To Direct Star Trek 3 Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.09.2014
He's the frontrunner...
Deadline reports that Roberto Orci is now the favorite to direct Star Trek 3. He's currently in talks to replace JJ Abrams on the project. This comes after Orci split from partner Alex Kurtzman (they will still work together on TV projects).
This is another first-time director on a huge project. Sometimes it works (Snow White and the Huntsman) and sometimes it doesn't (Transcendence, John Carter, 47 Ronin). Orci has worked as a writer and producer for large films including Star Trek, Transformers and The Amazing Spider-Man. Paramount's partner, Skydance Production, is backing Orci as the choice to direct and is trying to persuade Paramount.
Abrams directed the first two films of the rebooted series at Paramount, but then left to restart the Star Wars series and direct the first new film for Disney.