Last week, we reported that Roberto Orci will not be directing Paramount Pictures' highly-anticipated Star Trek 3, although he is still remaining on board as a producer. Edgar Wright has been rumored to replace him, though it has not been confirmed if he has even been approached to take the helm. Over the past few days, Roberto Orci himself has posted a number of brief comments on TrekMovie.com's story about his departure from the director's chair, where he also cleared up a rumor from last week that time travel was a part of the story.
"I will be very involved:) Still excited to make Trek 3! And on time. We'll find the right director! No time travel was ever considered, fyi."
Last week's report, which hasn't been confirmed, claimed that Roberto Orci was removed from the Star Trek 3 director's chair because Paramount wasn't happy with the script that was turned in, which the director co-wrote with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. That script reportedly revolves around the Vulcans attempting to use time travel to prevent their planet from being destroyed. This time travel device would reportedly allow for Chris Pine's Captain Kirk to share the screen with the older version of Kirk, played by William Shatner in a previously reported cameo.
One TrekMovie.com user dubbed OneBuckFilms suggested in the comments that Roberto Orci "forgot" Captain Kirk's advice to Captain Picard, which is, "Don't let them do ANYTHING to take you out of that chairs. Because while you're there, you can make a difference." Roberto Orci responded, teasing that there may be a bigger project he's working on that factored into his decision to leave the director's chair on Star Trek 3. Here's what he had to say.
"Have not forgotten. On the contrary, factored into decision. Their are bigger chairs to consider."
Of course, we're not quite sure what other "bigger chairs" Roberto Orci may be considering. Back in September, he backed away from another directorial effort, Lionsgate's reboot of Power Rangers. Since they have not announced a replacement director as of yet, it's possible he could come back to that project, since he cited his commitment to Star Trek 3 as the reason for his departure. It could also be another big project entirely that hasn't been announced, but we'll have to wait and see what Roberto Orci commits to next. Are you upset or elated that Roberto Orci isn't directing Star Trek 3? Chime in with your thoughts below.