Earlier this month, it was reported that Roberto Orci had been removed as director of Star Trek 3. At the time, it was rumored that he'd been removed from the position because Paramount did not like the screenplay that was turned in by Orci, which was written alongside relative newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. While it has not been confirmed that the script was, indeed, the reason Roberto Orci got the boot, he has now confirmed himself that he is only serving as a producer on the sequel.
""I'm producing. Nothing more or less,"
/star-trek-3-director-justin-lin/Last week, it was confirmed that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will be taking over Star Trek 3 as director. At the time of the announcement, Roberto Orci was still being called the main writer. At this time, no writer has been confirmed. The script that Paramount has reportedly rejected revolved around the Enterprise, Vulcans and a new alien race competing for a time travel device. The Vulcans attempt to go back and stop the destruction of their home planet, with the time travel element ensuring that Chris Pine and William Shatner would meet on screen as Old and Young Kirk. It is not known if J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are still with the project. Earlier in the week, Paramount announced that Star Trek 3 will be released July 2016.