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December 26, 2014

Breaking – Roberto Orci Not Writing Star Trek 3 (2016)

by Master Pillow

This is a story that keeps on giving so once again we’ve got news via other sources that Roberto Orci, the original director and screenwriter of Star Trek 3 (2016) who, vacated the captain’s chair a few weeks ago, also has apparently left the writing process as well. About the only hat he has left, though it is still a big one, is being one of the film’s producers.

Orci was replying to comments over on Trekmovie.com where he basically confirmed that he was now just producing and not directly involved with the script. I hate to speculate on what happened behind the scenes but it is now apparent that something certainly went awry causing Paramount to quickly turn to Justin Lin to take over the project.

I realize other sites are running rumours and pieces of conjecture but there’s really no point trying to “guess” what is happening right now except to focus on what we know that Paramount has hired Lin to direct and planted a firm line in the sand by announcing a release date of July 8, 2016.

As for who is now writing the script – who knows?? I’m sure word will leak in the coming days.

With confirmation that Orci isn’t writing the biggest issue, as has been for a while now, is the status of the script as the movie really has to start shooting sometime in the 1st quarter 2015 in order to make the firm release date. Obviously, there is precedent for that date moving as evinced by the original Star Trek 2009 J.J. Abrams reboot that initially was scheduled for Winter 2008 before being shifted to May 2009 but Paramount really needs to get this pic out in 2016 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the franchise.

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That means the studio can potentially let the July date slip 4-5 months and move it back to November or December 2016 but the competition here will be stronger with Marvel’s Doctor Strange pencilled in for November 4th and Sony’s Sinister Six on November 11th. As for December, though the overall picture is hazy, this is the month where the highly anticipated Avatar 2 and the so-called first Star Wars spin-off movie are meant to open.

Although these Winter 2016 release dates aren’t firm the fact remains that the direct sci-fi competition during this period would be completely stifling and Star Trek 3 might be swamped by, supposedly, higher profile films. Avatar 2 alone would suck up a significant chunk of advertising and audience mindshare say nothing of the proposed Star Wars spin-off especially if Star Wars Episode 7 manages to hit it out of the park a year earlier.

So far the July 8 release date is devoid of direct competition meaning Paramount is really going to have to keep this project on-schedule or else risk torpedoing the film if it faces off against much tougher fare. That is why knowing who is now writing the script is becoming a huge concern since the worse-case scenario would be that the shooting script is nowhere to be found. That would place huge pressure on Justin Lin and whatever new staff he brings on to essentially do a mad dash in order to pump something out to meet studio demands. Now that would not sound particularly reassuring for Trek fans.

© 2014 The Galactic Pillow

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