Paramount Pictures is still moving forward with Star Trek 3, despite parting ways with director Roberto Orci earlier this month. No reason was given for the departure, but the filmmaker revealed last week that he is still involved with the sequel as they search for a new director. A new report from Badass Digest reveals that Roberto Orci may have parted ways with Paramount because the studio wanted to make the sequel more like Marvel's current box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy.
The site reports that there are two different stories floating around about Roberto Orci's last days on Star Trek 3, one is that he quit because he refused to address the studio's notes on the script, which was also dumped, and the other is that Paramount actually pulled the plug on the project a month ago, engaging in talks with other filmmakers before officially announcing that Roberto Orci has stepped away. The original report about Roberto Orci's departure also revealed that Edgar Wright has been offered the project, but it isn't known whether or not he will take the job, especially after backing out of Marvel's Ant-Man.
While both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were both respectable hits for Paramount, they want Star Trek 3 to be a massive hit, especially overseas. Badass Digest speculates that Paramount's insistence on making Star Trek 3 more like Guardians of the Galaxy could lead to a character like Harry Mudd being introduced, or possibly an expanded role for Scotty's alien sidekick Keenser. Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Paramount quite yet.
We reported yesterday that Paramount has five filmmakers on their short list to replace Roberto Orci, with Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler) mentioned as the front runner, alongside Duncan Jones (Warcraft), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). Whoever replaces Roberto Orci may also be tasked with writing a new script, since Paramount is now left without a screenplay after the former director's departure. Roberto Orci co-wrote that draft with new writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Do you think Star Trek 3 should be more like Guardians of the Galaxy? Chime in with your thoughts below.