In what is being considered a huge blow to the franchise by hardcore fans, Roberto Orci has emerged as the frontrunner to direct Star Trek 3 after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team.

/writer-roberto-orci-wants-to-direct-star-trek-3/Last Month, it was revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci wanted to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut. The studio wasn't sure it wanted to hand the franchise over to an untested filmmaker. And fans haven't helped the matter, claiming that both Roberto Orci and co-writer Alex Kurtzman nearly destroyed the series with their screenplay for Star Trek Into Darkness. Those fans have claimed the same thing about last weekend's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, written by the duo. The pair has since split, but both of these sequels have been called the worst entries in their respective franchises.

Paramount's partner on the film, Skydance Productions, is in Roberto Orci corner, and it looks like a deal will be closed very shortly. J.J. Abrams, who directed 2009's Star Trek and its 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, had to step down from the director's seat after taking on the mammoth sequel Star Wars: Episode VII. He will stay on as a producer.

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Expect fan petitions to begin appearing online soon, as this is not the direction most Trekkies want to see the franchise go, as evidenced by the recent online backlash.

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