Bob Orci Won’t Direct “Star Trek 3”

Though he’s been linked for over half a year to take over the helm of the third “Star Trek” feature, writer/producer Roberto Orci is no longer slated to direct the next big screen adventure of the Starship Enterprise according to Deadline.

The site also claims that Edgar Wright is amongst a short list of potential replacements for the job. Orci, who would’ve made his directorial debut on the film and in fact turned down Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” reboot due to the gig, is expected to remain onboard as a producer.

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script. Rumors are swirling regarding the reason for his removal which have not been immediately revealed. Sources for Bad Ass Digest claim the script was a factor, saying: “Orci’s script saw the Enterprise, the Vulcans and a new alien race competing to get a time travel device. The Vulcans want to go back and stop the destruction of their planet, and the time travel schtick is what would allow Chris Pine and William Shatner to share the screen.”

No word as yet on how the change will affect the film’s production schedule.