Breaking – Star Trek XIII (2016) has a director
Finally! After what seems a lifetime Paramount Pictures has decided on a director to take over the reins of the rebooted Star Trek franchise left vacant when J.J. Abrams bolted to helm Star Wars Episode VII. After taking their sweet time trying to figure out who the perfect candidate should be tonight trade magazine Variety is reporting that the job has gone to…
Yup, that’s Roberto Orci part of the screenwriting duo who wrote the 2009 Star Trek reboot as well as last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. For those wondering, this is Roberto Orci’s directorial debut and this decision comes close after the news broke that Orci and his longtime partner Alex Kurtzman decided to split. Kurtzman actually directed Chris Pine in 2012’s People Like Us so it seems that the screenwriting duo have both decided to pursue jobs behind the camera.
As for what this means for Star Trek, having a novice director at the helm is always going to be a gamble but it also speaks volumes about Paramount having confidence that Orci can deliver the goods. This couldn’t have been an easy decision especially since the next Trek film will probably have yet another massive budget. Recent history hasn’t exactly been too kind for novice directors as big-budget films such as 47 Ronin have completely tanked while others like Snow White and the Huntsmen have only been modest hits.
Still, it is not as if Orci doesn’t know the property as he is a long-time Trek fan and has co-written the past two Trek films along with other blockbusters such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers 1 &2 and Mission Impossible III.
To go along with directing Orci is also writing the script to the next film with previously announced J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. J.J. Abrams might be gone to direct Star Wars but he’ll also be returning as a producer for the next Trek film and it is a good bet that every cast member will be back.
With the announcement that Orci has landed the job the rumour mill is sure to begin in earnest regarding the next Trek film’s production and though nothing solid has been stated it is a virtual lock that Paramount will want the movie to be out sometime in 2016 to coincide with Trek’s 50th anniversary. Although no one knows what the movie will be about there’s more than enough time to get the film into production for a 2016 release but hopefully they don’t miss the boat and take too long between films as the four year wait between the reboot and Into Darkness clearly hurt the sequel’s domestic box office take.
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