Was it only a few months ago that the future of Star Trek was riding on one Roberto Orci? After co-writing two volumes of “Nu Trek,” Orci got the call to direct the third after J.J. Abrams left the series make some small independent feature at a tiny production company. That’s a lot of faith in a guy that’s not got a lot of good will banked in the fan community, especially after Star Trek Into Darkness, and it seemed as though that someone at Paramount eventually agreed. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has been hired to stake over the directing duties for Star Trek 3, and despite reports to the contrary, it seems as though the director’s chair isn’t the only one that Orci’s lost in the reshuffling.
Via Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci, came the following insight into the Star Trek 3 production:
@thebagwellian no he’s not. He’s gone, his script is gone, he’s got a producer credit but won’t do anything.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) December 6, 2014
Yikes. Nothing like going from golden boy to pariah in less than a year. According to Faraci, the script that Orci was working on with newcomers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay has been shunted out an airlock. A bold move given that Paramount wants this movie to be in theaters by July 2016, in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek‘s premiere on NBC in 1966. A mid-2016 release would mean the movie would have to start shooting by mid-2015, so Lin and the studio would only have six months to get the script and the rest of the production in order before it goes in front of the cameras.
What does Orci have to say about all this? A report on TrekMovie said that he was “very involved,” but from Orci’s own words, it seems that “involved” has a very limited definition. “I’m producing, [Nothing] more or less,” he wrote in the comments section. What exactly that means for the script Orci worked on with Payne and McKay is nebulous, will they keep the core story and start and new draft from scratch, or will Trek 3 look totally different under Lin? Rumor has it that Orci’s movie was going to chronicle how the Vulcans intend to use time travel to save their planet, which would be the basis for how young Kirk (played again by Chris Pine) would meet old Kirk (played again by William Shatner).
Speaking as a Trek fan, I have to say that if Lin and Paramount are throwing out that rumored Star Trek script then Phew! No more time travel. Isn’t it enough that Terminator keeps going back in time to screw with its own narrative that Star Trek doesn’t have to do it too? How about “Boldly going where no one has gone before?” You know, what Star Trek’s all about. Perhaps it’s too weird to expect a Star Trek movie to be about the crew of the Enterprise to go to alien worlds and tell a compelling story that uses sci-fi to draw parallels between present cultural and ethical dilemmas. Ah well, it’s an old-fashioned notion…
Star Trek is currently scheduled to be in theaters everywhere on July 8, 2016.
Source: Screen Rant