After writing as a unit for more than a decade and turning into something of a production company powerhouse, Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have decided to call it quits.
They’ve decided to focusing on separate film projects, which in Kurtzman’s case means negotiating to direct Amazing Spider-spin-off Venom and in Orci’s, lobbying to sit in the big chair for Star Trek 3.
The director of previous two Star Trek films already has one credit under his belt with indie People Like Us and both have worked on more than enough huge movies to learn a thing or two. But it might be a harder sell for Paramount to give control of one of its franchise jewels to a man who, like Chris Pine’s Kirk, has no experience directly running the show.
Star Trek 3, which is in the writing with Patrick McKay, John D. Payne and Roberto Orci himself, has been the subject of much speculation over who might direct it now that the previous director J.J Abrams is a bit busy in another galaxy far, far away. Even though Roberto Orci is keen to direct the sequel to Star Trek franchise, it would be a big risk for Paramount to give him the directors chair. But in Orcis favour he has franchise writing credits and vast experience running TV shows.