When Roberto Orci left the director’s chair of the upcoming third film in the rebooted “Star Trek” film series, one question that lingered was if his script would still be used. Orci co-wrote the first two films of the “Star Trek” reboot with his old business partner Alex Kurtzman, and penned drafts of the script for the third film with both J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
Rumors suggested Paramount was unhappy with the script and Orci’s plans for the franchise, which is why they booted him. When Justin Lin came onboard the project as director recently, the question quickly arose as to whether he would start afresh or whether he and Orci would work together on the existing drafts of the script.
Answering questions on the TrekMovie.com message boards, Orci cleared up the confusion saying he’s “producing, nothing more or less”. The debate continued into other elements of the franchise, including the “alternate Star Trek timeline” of the new films which old Trek fans have been divided over. Orci says: “Stop blaming BR (Bad Robot). It was my idea so that you would not know what was gonna happen next. Nothing more or less. I stand behind it. And it, again, is the reason why I make movies and you don’t.”
“Star Trek 3” is currently targeting a July 8th 2016 release and Lin can certainly handle projects that often demand a quick turnaround. Yet, as things are starting over then they will have to get moving quickly to meet that release date.