Roberto Orci Beams Up For 'Star Trek 3'

Although Paramount Pictures reportedly required some convincing, the studio has finally settled on J.J. Abrams' successor on Star Trek 3 -- and it's exactly who everyone expected. According to Variety, franchise co-writer Roberto Orci will indeed helm the next film.

It will mark the directorial debut of Orci, who's writing the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Paramount and its partner Skydance Productions didn't comment on the report.

Word of Orci's interest in Star Trek 3 surfaced last month in a report that he and longtime writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman will pursue separate film interests (they'll continue to work together on television projects, at least for now). He was only recently labeled as the frontrunner for the Paramount gig; it's unknown who else was being considered.

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