‘Star Trek 3’ Could Be Roberto Orci’s Directing Debut

David Wangberg

Roberto Orci has emerged as the frontrunner to take over the director's chair from J.J. Abrams for the third entry in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, according to a report from Deadline.com.

Orci and Paramount are reportedly "in talks" about the latest Star Trek film, which is currently being called Star Trek 3. This comes less than a month after The Inquisitr reported that he and his longtime partner, Alex Kurtzman, were going their separate ways.

Both Orci and Kurtzman served as co-writers and co-producers for 2009's Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. The duo also worked on the first two Transformers films and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Despite their split, they are still working together on television shows such as Fox's Sleepy Hollow and CBS' Hawaii Five-0.

Skydance Productions, Paramount's partner company, has reportedly been behind the idea of having Orci as the director for the new Star Trek film. However, Paramount "needed convincing" before they handed the job to someone who has never directed a feature film.

Even if Paramount doesn't give Orci the job to direct Star Trek 3, he will still be attached to the project as co-writer. JD Payne and Patrick McKay are also working on the screenplay.

And if Orci doesn't get the job, Indie Wire suggests that there are several great women directors who could take over the position. Some of the names included Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker, Deep Impact), Michelle MacLaren (select episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones), and Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans, Punisher: War Zone).

However, the unnamed author of the article mentions that some of the women directors named may "scoff at the very idea" of helming a Star Trek film.

"But the point is that studios' willingness to take punts on totally unproven male directors, while continuing to ignore their female counterparts, is looking more and more ridiculous," the author added.

As everyone should know by now, Abrams stepped aside from directing another Star Trek feature, so he could reboot the Star Wars franchise.

Several Star Trek fans are not too happy with the possibility of Orci taking over the franchise. The comments on Entertainment Weekly's article are not kind, with some people calling the idea "awful," and some have even called him a "hack."

Star Trek fans and others also took to Twitter to share their disapproval of Orci taking over the franchise.

— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) May 9, 2014

— Ethan Anderton (@Ethan_Anderton) May 9, 2014

However, there are some who think Orci could do well with the third Star Trek film.

— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) May 9, 2014