/star-trek-3-director-roberto-orci/Yesterday, it was widely reported that Paramount had removed Roberto Orci as director on their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3. Though, he will be staying on as a producer. At the time, no reason was given for his dismissal. Today, Badass Digest claim the axe came down because of the script, which is also being dumped.

New writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay co-wrote the screenplay for Star Trek 3 alongside Roberto Orci, which the former director claimed was completed back in August. In October, stars Karl Urban and John Cho both praised the story, claiming it would 'blow fans away'. Apparently the studio thought otherwise, as this latest report states that the screenplay was one of the problem factors, and resulted in Roberto Orci being removed from the director's chair.

Badass Digest had this to say about the story, which reportedly involves more time travel, Vulcans, and a reason to bring Chris Pine's Kirk face to face with William Shatner's Old Kirk.

"My sources tell me that the script Orci was working on saw the Enterprise, the Vulcans and a new alien race competing to get a time travel device. The Vulcans want to go back and stop the destruction of their planet, and the time travel schtick is what would allow Chris Pine and William Shatner to share the screen."

The site goes onto explain that the production was shutdown last month so that work could be done on the screenplay, and a new story direction could be found. Paramount has reportedly sent all of the design people packing. And its believed that all elements from the J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay screenplay are now gone.

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Star Trek 3 was set to mark Roberto Orci's directorial debut after co-writing the scripts for Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and several other big-budget tentpoles such as Mission: Impossible III, Transformers and this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film is set to begin filming in April for a 2016 release date. It isn't clear how that is changing, or if it will at all. Paramount is rumored to be courting Edgar Wright to direct, but that has not yet been confirmed. While this all sounds like bad news for the franchise, fans are actually happy that Roberto Orci is no longer directing. Paramount has no comment.

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