Roberto Orci Confirms He's No Longer Writing 'Star Trek 3'

Following news that Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin will step behind the camera for Star Trek 3, Roberto Orci has confirmed he'll no longer remain as a writer of the Paramount Pictures sequel.

"I’m producing," Orci wrote on Christmas Eve on TrekMovie, "[nothing] more or less."

A co-writer and producer of the rebooted franchise, Orci was in line to succeed J.J. Abrams as director for the third installment. However, word surfaced early this month that he'd no longer helm the film, purportedly due to the studio's desire to make it more like Marvel's blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. The assumption at the time was that he'd remain on board as a producer and writer.

Orci, whose relationship with Trek fandom has been contentious at best, also defended the alternate timeline created for the 2009 reboot, writing, "Stop blaming [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 opens July 8, 2016.

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