He's pushed hard to get it, but the effort has paid off - Roberto Orci has emerged as the clear front runner and is in talks to direct the third installment in the rebooted "Star Trek" film series.
Orci, who co-wrote and produced the first two films with longtime partner Alex Kurtzman, is taking over for J.J. Abrams who helmed the first two films. Abrams commitments to the "Star Wars" franchise prevent him from returning.
Kurtzman meanwhile is turning his attention towards Sony and its "Spider-Man" franchise properties. That leaves longtime Trek fan Orci now essentially in charge of where the franchise will go.
Skydance Productions was reportedly behind Orci's hiring to helm the film, but they had to convince Paramount. Now it appears they have and with his hiring, the project is expected to move forward fast and may make its rumored 2016 release date after all.
Orci, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne are working on the script for the third film. It's been speculated this entry could be a "course correction" for the franchise, steering it back towards the dramatic roots that it built its name on.