STAR TREK Into Gloominess: Roberto Orci Will Direct The Sequel

Roberto Orci, who is one of the screenwriters behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness has been hired to direct the next Star Trek film. Set phasers to meh.

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By nailbiter111 - 5/13/2014

Tonight, Variety has confirmed that Roberto Orci, who is one of the screenwriters behind the last two Star Trek films, has been hired to direct the next Star Trek. This isn't that much of a  surprise as we've known for weeks that he has been in contention and then soon became the frontrunner.

After weeks of rumblings that he was the frontrunner, sources have told Variety that Skydance and Paramount have tapped Roberto Orci to direct Paramount and Skydance’s “Star Trek 3.” Orci is currently writing the story with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and had been campaigning to replace J.J. Abrams as director for some time. Abrams is busy with directing the next installment of the “Star Wars” franchise and will only be producing this pic.

The good news? Roberto Orci has never directed a Hollywood big-budget film before. It could be good. The bad news? Roberto has never directed a Hollywood big-budget film before. It could be awful.

Not helping his cause is that he's part of the writing team that worked on Star Trek Into Darkness. A film that many Star Trek fans disliked. I being one of those. Why the sour taste? The film's big climax is a ripoff of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Instead of Spock dying Kirk gets knocked off. At least in Wrath, Spock stayed dead for the entire film and was brought back in the sequel. And I stress, there was NO guarantee of a third film when that decision was made which added a LOT of emotional weight to the scene. In Into Darkness, Kirk is only dead for ten minutes or so, and you'd have to be nuts to think they would actually kill off the star of the franchise. So, if the audience doesn't believe such and such character will die, it means nothing - waste of screen time.

Another issue with that scene, is that with Wrath of Khan, the waterworks can flow as you know these two characters have a great friendship that has developed over decades. While in the last film, Spock and Kirk are still feeling each other out. Those two aren't best buddies. There's no emotional weight to that scene. There's really no point to that scene.

These last two Star Trek films Orci wrote have shunned science for fun space romps, akin to Star Wars. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry said, “Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” I doubt Roddenberry would be pleased with these films that Orci helped churn out as they lack maturity and wisdom.

Orci, along with Alex Kurtzman, also wrote The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Another film that recycled their super-blood plotline to generate friction between Harry Osborn/Green Goblin and Spidey. Perhaps Star Trek 3 will have super-super-blood.
"I've already told you what I heard, that Orci cock-blocked every director who came in for meetings on the project, making it look like anyone who helmed would be his dancing monkey. Who wants that when you already have pressure from the fans and the studio? Orci made a power move to guarantee his ass in the director's chair despite a huge lack of experience. How did Paramount allow this to happen?" - Devin Faraci

ROBERTO ORCI'S WRITING CREDITS
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (screen story) / (screenplay)
Star Trek Into Darkness (written by)
Cowboys & Aliens (screenplay)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (written by) Star Trek (written by) 2007
Transformers (screenplay) / (story)
Mission: Impossible III (written by)
The Legend of Zorro (screenplay) / (story)
The Island (screenplay)

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS was directed by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8"), from a screenplay written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Returning for the sequel are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoë Saldana, and Anton Yelchin. Joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Now available at your local Blockbuster.
Source: variety.com
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Comedian03 - 5/13/2014, 6:29 PM
Nail has missed being able to use that gif.
staypuffed - 5/13/2014, 6:31 PM
I thought Star Trek Into Darkness was fantastic.
ManofSteel23 - 5/13/2014, 6:32 PM
first one was good considering I never liked the first star trek series, I was a next gen guy, but into darkness was rubbish
magnusinthebox - 5/13/2014, 6:33 PM
He also co-wrote Amazing Spider-man 2...should be interesting.
TheAbomination - 5/13/2014, 6:34 PM
Well okay then. Better not suck though.
staypuffed - 5/13/2014, 6:34 PM
This might be a David Goyer/Blade: Trinity scenario.
or who knows? It might be great.
MrBlackjack - 5/13/2014, 6:34 PM
I enjoyed Into Darkness as well
SwanRonson - 5/13/2014, 6:36 PM
Into Darkness was freaking amazing.
n1ghtw1ng2832 - 5/13/2014, 6:36 PM
The first two films were awesome and I'm sure this one will be great as well. I have faith!
JamesMan - 5/13/2014, 6:37 PM
I really like Into Darkness but the Trekkies will shit on it calling it the worst Star Trek film because it remade Wrath of Khan. Then I guess continue to pretend like Star Trek 1,3,5, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis didn't happen.
staypuffed - 5/13/2014, 6:39 PM
JamesMan
Into Darkness may retread a lot of ground, but it isn't a terrible film. A few of the Trek films are quite poorly made. I'm not really sure how it was voted the worst.
FastFlames - 5/13/2014, 6:39 PM
Meh I can dig it if it is good. Hope it is good!!
0megaDaGod - 5/13/2014, 6:40 PM
No way was Into Darkness the worst in the franchise, but this is not good news. The man and his pal ruined TASM2 and I have no interest in seeing what he does to ST3 with more control than he had as a writer
0megaDaGod - 5/13/2014, 6:42 PM
Into Darkness had a lot of the same problems as Iron Man 2. It didn't move far enough off of the launching pad set by part 1. The fact that they made the Spock/Kirk relationship such a big plot point did feel a bit deflating, but the emotional payoff during the death scene was well worth it. Probably the only time in recent memory I teared up other than during CATWS
nailbiter111 - 5/13/2014, 6:42 PM
film is awful. go watch wrath of khan. into darkness is just a ripoff of it.
ezio619 - 5/13/2014, 6:42 PM
orci is hit and miss as a writer,i really liked both star trek films but i was never a star trek fan,also i think he will do a good job cause apparently he was the bigger star trek fan out of him, kurtzman and Abrams,alot of the references were his ideas so yeah we will see
JamesMan - 5/13/2014, 6:43 PM
There's a big difference between rip-off and reboot.
JoeyGhoul - 5/13/2014, 6:44 PM
Hmmm, i hope it turns out good
ezio619 - 5/13/2014, 6:45 PM
omegadagod-actually there were like 2 other writers on spidey in jeff pinkner and alvin sargeant,i still havent seen,its gotten a bigger mixed response then MOS last year so lets see what i think
McNyagano - 5/13/2014, 6:47 PM

MercwithMouth - 5/13/2014, 6:50 PM
I loved both new Star Trek films. But I hate Star Trek. That's probably why I loved the new series. Looking forward to #3.

And in more important news...

Holy shitballs! AoS killed it tonight! What a finale!
MrFridayNights - 5/13/2014, 6:51 PM
Star Trek Into Darkness was 1,000 times better than the first one Deal with It Trekkies.
MexicanChinman - 5/13/2014, 6:52 PM
@0megaDaGod, you teared up in Capitan America TWS? What scene?
Superhero96 - 5/13/2014, 6:54 PM
I'm more worried that Orci is a fledgling director than anything else.
0megaDaGod - 5/13/2014, 6:55 PM
@Merc

Ya nahmean? Fury just came out of nowhere! Epic seeing coulson's gun again
ALegendaryPanda - 5/13/2014, 6:57 PM
I loved both of the JJ Star Trek movies but I'm not sure how to feel about this.
0megaDaGod - 5/13/2014, 6:57 PM
@Mexicansupes

During the scene with Peggy I teared up a bit. Working in a hospital and seeing a lot of old people really hits home how we all end up in a place like she was. And they played it perfectly by having her dementia pop up in the middle eof the scene rather than at the beginning. That definitely tugged on the strings
DrDoom - 5/13/2014, 6:58 PM
I like how Nail is totally pulling a Josh and editorializing in news articles.

Btw Star Trek Into Darkness is the best Star Trek movie.

ezio619 - 5/13/2014, 6:59 PM
omegadagod-also for people saying marvel studios is kiddy and too disneyfied, they need to see Garrett taking out a dude's rib and stabbing him with it
JamesMan - 5/13/2014, 7:01 PM
I almost always disagree with Dr. Doom, but that comment

SexySnorlax1 - 5/13/2014, 7:05 PM
So Kurtzman is directing Venom and Orci is directing Star Trek 3

The duo has been separated D:
SauronsBANE - 5/13/2014, 7:06 PM
Ugh, the Into Darkness love on this website is almost sickening. I'm not even a Trekkie and I disliked it immensely.

It was terrible for the reasons mentioned in the article above. but the WORST part is that Roddenberry's vision of an optimistic future for humanity in space was completely shit on in Into Darkness. Conspiracies, double dealings, militarism, betrayals...all that is the exact opposite of what Trek is supposed to be about.

Funny enough, Interstellar looks like the type of Trek film we should've had. But with Orci behind the wheel for the 3rd movie? Ugh. JJ killed the franchise with Into Darkness, and Orci is going to bludgeon the dead corpse with Star Trek 3.
Pending - 5/13/2014, 7:07 PM
[frick]! Into Darkness killed my enthusiasm for this reboot and now this announcement has destroyed all hope.

I'm really sick of these guys.
Grimfoe - 5/13/2014, 7:07 PM
I also enjoyed Into Darkness.

Really stupid title for a movie, but the movie was very enjoyable. I thought the way they bastardized the original storyline was actually very good. Seemed a nod to the original.
0megaDaGod - 5/13/2014, 7:07 PM
@Doom

LMAO!

@Ezio

Yea, or Scorch burning the lady alive, or that ex SHIELD agent cutting the guys hand off
JohnnyRoss - 5/13/2014, 7:08 PM
I'm fine with it.

I liked Into Darkness enough.
ezio619 - 5/13/2014, 7:09 PM
sauronsbane-but even scotty sas we are explorers not the military and it ends in an optimistic manner imo
ComicsBornAndBred - 5/13/2014, 7:10 PM
Thank you for another [frick] up Skydance and Paramount!! Hats off to you. Orci is shit I'm sorry. I try to b objective but I've never been more annoyed by a screenwriter since Goyer. And this is his first film. You're giving him a blockbuster as his first film. Untrained and inexperienced...wtf!
MercwithMouth - 5/13/2014, 7:10 PM
@0mega

There are more important things. Coulson's drawing(circuit board schematic?) and Skye's ***SPOILER*** father? I have a theory on that one...
Ryguy88 - 5/13/2014, 7:10 PM
Yeah, I don't understand this. Its not like they are rushing the next movie to come out, why not take a year to find the right director and release it 3 years from now? Maybe they see something in Orci that we wouldn't know about. I dunno, I just hope its good.
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