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Roberto Orci Talks "Star Trek 3" Status

By Garth Franklin Friday July 11th 2014 01:01PM

Out doing promotional rounds for the upcoming El Rey Network series "Matador," "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci has offered new details about the upcoming third film in the rebooted series.

At last report it was thought Orci had been confirmed to be directing the project, but he tells Collider he hasn't officially signed on yet and that everything is still in very early stages. If it does go forward with him at the helm, he is well aware of the pressure he's under:

"Well, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I'm in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can't even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.

If I'm lucky enough that Paramount loves the script and that we go forward, it'll be because I have loved Star Trek for so long and the idea of having seen one of the best guys in the business direct two of them already, and to have seen it from the vantage point of a producer too, I know where a lot of the challenges are and where a lot of the fun is.

If we're lucky enough that everything goes right, then I'll start to feel the pressure. Once it's really happening, it's like, 'Oh, my God, the 50th anniversary! Holy, moly!' As a writer, I feel the pressure as the returning screenwriter to this franchise. I feel it at the story level. I can't speak for Payne and McKay, but they seem to be having a good time. They don't look as nervous as I feel, but maybe they're just good at hiding it."

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