Roberto Orci directing Star Trek 3

After J.J. Abrams was wooed away by Disney and LucasFilm to direct next year’s Star Wars Episode VII, the question lingered as to who would now oversee the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise.

Paramount has just cleared up the issue however, officially selecting Roberto Orci to helm the upcoming third rebooted installment after rumours started cropping up to that effect. The new movie is currently without a release date, though is attempting a release in 2016 to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary that year.

This marks Orci’s first ever directing gig, and one of his first major tasks after splitting with longtime writing partner, Alex Kurtzman. Orci and Kurtzman collaborated on several recent blockbuster screenplays, most notably for the first two Transformers movies, the Amazing Spider-Man movies, and, naturally, the previous two rebooted Star Trek movies directed by J.J. Abrams. Despite Abrams’ new commitment to the rival Star Wars franchise, he will remain involved with the currently-untitled Star Trek follow-up as a producer, though Kurtzman is no longer involved with the movie franchise in any capacity.

Currently, no plot details are confirmed at this point, though it’s believed that the main crew of protagonists will return for the third movie. This will mark the landmark thirteenth feature film in Star Trek history as well.

What would you like to see in a third rebooted Star Trek movie? How do you feel about a former screenwriter being graduated to the director’s chair? Are you more excited for this new Star Trek movie, or Star Wars Episode VII? As usual, your comments are welcome below.

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