by: Sammy Mink
Writer/producer Roberto Orci is the odds on favorite to helm Paramounts’ STAR TREK 3, replacing former director J.J. Abrams who dropped out to helm “Star Wars.” Late last year, he signed on to help write the script for the project along with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. It sounds like Paramount’s partner Skydance Productions is ready to make the deal but Paramount still needs some convincing.
While this project would be his feature directorial debut, Orci is no stranger to big budget blockbusters. He has written or produced “Transformers,” “Eagle Eye,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as well as the first two films of the rebooted “Star Trek” series. Currently, he’s working on two series for television, “Sleepy Hollow” and “Hawaii 5-0,” and a slew of film projects including a “Van Helsing” reboot and two more installments of “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
Orci is repped by CAA.