When it was announced that Roberto Orci would be directing Star Trek 3 after co-writing both 2009's Star Trek and last year's Star Trek Into Darkness, many fans were outraged. Some believe the man, working alongside Alex Kurtzman, brought one of the worst Star Trek adventures to the big screen with the 2013 sequel, and they continue to blame him for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperforming at the box office this summer, which has resulted in Sony cleaning house on the entire franchise, delaying The Amazing Spider-Man 3 until 2018. How dare Paramount put him in charge of Star Trek 3?
Well, Simon Pegg, who stars as Scotty in the Star Trek reboot series, believes Roberto Orci is the only one who could have taken on the project in the absence of original director J.J. Abrams, who has moved onto Star Wars: Episode VII.
"I'm really happy he's doing it as it's kept within the family kind of thing, it's not somebody coming in from outside. Bob's been there since the first Star Trek - by that I mean the 2009 one - so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it. He was always the most Trekkie of all of those guys anyway, he's always understood the story the best so it's great that he's going to be involved in the writing and directing."
"He emailed me before the news broke saying: 'Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out? He's a good friend, he's very much part of the Star Trek family,"
"I don't think J.J. would be able to let it completely go because that's not in his nature."
Simon Pegg has long been rumored to have a small part in Star Wars: Episode VII, though it may just be a voice role or he may be dressed as an alien in what will amount to a very small cameo. While he has never confirmed this, he did discuss J.J. Abrams taking on the massive sequel.
[He] seems to be the perfect candidate to take on that story. I'm very excited and obviously I have some inside information because he's a very good friend of mine."
Simon Pegg went onto tease the movie itself, praising it for its practical effects.
"I'm excited to know he's going to be using physical effects and trying to make it in line with the processes that brought about the first three [films]. It's going to feel more like Star Wars than anything we've seen in the last 30 years - I can sleep at night knowing he's at the helm of that."