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Justin Lin Takes 'Star Trek 3' Helm

UPDATED: Film receives July 8, 2016 release date; 'Fast & Furious 6' director steps up to replace Roberto Orci

Justin Lin will direct "Star Trek 3," according to Deadline. Having helmed four installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Lin takes the reins from J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” "Star Trek 3” is now in pre-production and will open in theaters on July 8, 2016 in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the sequel's script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, had been positioned for the directing chair, but he stepped down from the job earlier this month. The film would have been his direct ...
 | Dec-23-2014 | 
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The Search For 'Star Trek 3' Director: Orci Out

Writer and producer could make way for Edgar Wright

It looks like Roberto Orci will not make his directorial debut in the Star Trek franchise after all, removing himself from the role of succeeding J.J. Abrams for the planned "Star Trek 3." It's not clear why Orci is no longer the director, according to Variety, but the nod to give him the job had created some question among fans and other observers who feared a big budget production was a tough way to break into such a key role. However, Orci had been working on the Trek franchise since the Abrams team took over, part of the writing team behind "Star Trek" in 2009 and " ...
 | Dec-6-2014 | 
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'Star Trek 3' Recruits Two New Writers

J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay will script sequel alongside Roberto Orci

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have signed J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to script "Star Trek 3" alongside Roberto Orci. Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Damon Lindelof ("Lost") will not return to write the new installment, which remains untitled. Orci co-wrote the first two films with Kurtzman, and Lindelof joined them to pen "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Paramount and Skydance are eyeing a 2016 release date for the sequel in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Payne and McKay are the writers behind "Boilerplate," an adaption of the graphic novel abo ...
 | Dec-7-2013 | 
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Paramount Resurrects Rejected Script For 'Star Trek 4'

Maybe the studio is now OK with being a little too 'Star Trek-y'?

If you were a little surprised that J.J. Abrams revealed the script for "Star Trek 4" already is written, you wouldn't be alone. Especially since "Star Trek: Beyond" — which debuts this weekend — had a script in the works almost up until it was time to go in front of the cameras. But there's a reason why Abrams and his team were able to plan ahead, however. Because "Star Trek 4" was supposed to be "Star Trek 3." Paramount officially announced the next film Monday through ...
 | Jul-19-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Adds Actress, Schedules Reshoots

Some changes are coming to next Trek film as release date looms

It's never finished until it's finished. And "Star Trek: Beyond" is just not finished yet. Director Justin Lin has ordered some reshoots in the Paramount Pictures reboot which now include a new actress added to the cast. Shohreh Aghdashloo is the new "high command" of the United Federation of Planets, according to a new report from Deadline. Aghdashloo's role was added well after principal photography wrapped late last year, and it's unclear what other actors, if any, also have been recalled for the reshoots. The Iranian-born Aghdashloo will provide some international f ...
 | Mar-11-2016 | 
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Quinto: Studio Still Eyes Early 2015 Filming Date For 'Star Trek 3'

Plus, Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams remains a key part of the franchise

Zachary Quinto remains confident that "Star Trek 3" is on course to begin filming early next year. The sequel is expected to premiere in 2016 in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary, and an initial draft of its script -- penned by Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne -- was recently submitted to the studio. "Things are rumbling," Quinto told NBC’s "The Today Show" on Monday, "so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months." Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have reportedly placed Orci in the director's chair, whi ...
 | Sep-17-2014 | 
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Roberto Orci To Direct 'Star Trek 3'

Franchise writer will make his directorial debut

Roberto Orci will direct "Star Trek 3," according to Variety. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions made the decision after Orci aggressively lobbied for the job. He will make his directorial debut, replacing director J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII." Orci's inexperience had prompted Paramount to approach an agreement with caution, but Abrams' and Skydance's support for his bid apparently paid off. One key strength Orci brings to the director's chair is his long career as a producer and writer, especially on the first two Star Tre ...
 | May-14-2014 | 
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Orci Closer To Directing 'Star Trek 3'

Writer now in talks to take franchise's helm

Roberto Orci is now a frontrunner for the "Star Trek 3" director's chair, according to Deadline. After launching an aggressive campaign for the job, Orci is in talks to replace director J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII." Orci would make his directorial debut if a deal is finalized. As a result, his inexperience has prompted Paramount Pictures to approach an agreement with caution, but Abrams and Skydance Productions' support for his bid is apparently paying off. One key strength for him is his long career as a producer and writer, especi ...
 | May-10-2014 | 
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Roberto Orci Seeks 'Star Trek 3' Helm

Sequel's writer hopes to slip into the director's chair

Roberto Orci is lobbying to direct “Star Trek 3,” while Paramount Pictures eyes him with caution, according to Variety. Signed to script the film with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne ("Boilerplate"), Orci would make his directorial debut if a deal materializes. The sequel’s co-producers, Bad Robot‘s J.J. Abrams and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, appear to support Orci's bid for the director's chair, which was left vacant after Abrams exited to direct Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII." Meanwhile, Orci is concluding his longtime writing partnership with Alex Kurtz ...
 | Apr-23-2014 | 
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A 'Star Trek 3' Holiday Wish List

Can Orci and the new writers deliver a present we will not return?

Now that we know who will write “Star Trek 3,” it’s that time of the year to make a holiday wish list about what the screenwriters can do to keep the franchise invigorated and how to win over a few disgruntled fans in the process. There is a lot of chatter about who might be the next director for the sequel now that J.J. Abrams is off to helm Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII." See our column on this here. But I’m actually more anxious about the writers. They shoulder the heart of any ...
 | Dec-20-2013 | 
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