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He co-wrote a screenplay featuring a giant robot scrotum with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He helped load The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with so much plot detail that they barely had any room for a story or character. He participated in the silly is-he-Khan or isn’t-he debate for Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s the most divisive screenwriter in Hollywood, and now Roberto Orci is crowing that he’s finished the first draft of his follow-up to STID, putting the flick on track for that important and symbolic 2016 release date.

Posting to TrekMovie yesterday, Orci wrote, “p & m & I wrote, ‘fade out’ yesterday on first draft. things are moving,” and then added, “First draft is done.”

The “p & m” likely refers to Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (the Flash Gordon remake), who we last heard were co-writing the script for Star Trek 3 with Orci, the sole-surviving member of the core creative team from the first two Trek films since he broke up with writing partner Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof is busy with The Leftovers, and J.J. Abrams moved on to Star Wars Episode VII.

No other details were revealed, obviously, but from a pure production standpoint, this is probably a good sign for the studio’s hopes to have a movie in theaters in time for 2016 in order to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s TV premiere on NBC. The presumption has been that the third film will pick up at some point in the Enterprise’s five year mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations. The film will also boldly go where no one has gone before, both in terms of story originality and according to the mandate of the franchise and the Enterprise’s mission.

You can’t envy Orci too much because there’s a lot of pressure on him to deliver, and more than just the normal amount of pressure that exists for a first time director on a big franchise like Trek. Although, STID was a money-maker, it wasn’t as big a money-maker as the studio had hoped for. Compounding that is the fact that fans weren’t exactly bowled over by the story, or the completely superfluous guessing game over whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan or someone named “John Harrison.”

Hopefully, Orci’s going to be making good on that promise to boldly go, not just by taking the Enterprise into unknown territory on the big screen, but by taking fans along as well by showing them something they haven’t seen before, and not trying to “outsmart” what the writers and directors of Trek past have done. What’s the point of rebooting if you’re just going to remake everything anyway, even if you’re adding a “twist”? Orci, as the resident Trekspert of the Abrams team should have known better all along.

We’ll have more Star Trek 3 news as it develops.

Source: Screen Rant

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