Roberto Orci clarifies Star Trek 3 position

Says he will only be confirmed director when script is greenlit

Roberto Orci has been talking about his work on Star Trek 3, and says that despite reports confirming him as the film’s director, he won’t allow himself to consider that role until his script is greenlit.

“Well, I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch,” says Orci. “The studio has yet to even read the script. I’m in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay.” 

“They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumour.”

Whether or not this is Paramount’s official position, or simply a cautious approach from Orci, is unclear. Either way, Orci’s focus is at present on his role as screenwriter.

“If I’m lucky enough that Paramount loves the script and that we go forward, it’ll be because I have loved Star Trek for so long and the idea of having seen one of the best guys in the business direct two of them already.”

“If we’re lucky enough that everything goes right, then I’ll start to feel the pressure. Once it’s really happening, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, the 50th anniversary! Holy, moly!’”

Star Trek 3
is expected to open in 2016, with a specific release date to be confirmed.

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