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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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Secrecy Of Khan’s ‘Into Darkness’ Role A Misstep?

UPDATED: Cumberbatch responds to J.J. Abrams’ thoughts on the mystery behind the film’s notorious villain

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” director J.J. Abrams is expressing doubts about the necessity for the veil of secrecy that surrounded Khan’s presence in the sequel. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Khan became the subject of relentless speculation before the film’s release. Paramount Pictures chose to stoke that mystery, fearful of alienating audience members unfamiliar with Star Trek lore, according to Abrams. “The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, ‘This is who it is,'” Abrams recently told MTV News. “It was only trying to preserve the …
 | Dec-2-2013 | 
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Paramount: Think Carefully About New Director

This is a time to get someone with experience, not potential

I don’t know Joe Cornish. And to be honest, his name wasn’t really known to me, either, before it popped up on a directors short list for “Star Trek 3” a couple months back. Hollywood seems to be totally in love with Cornish, and maybe they have reason to be. I haven’t seen “Attack of the Block,” and I’m not going to judge it simply by box office returns (as we know box office and quality don’t always go hand in hand). But I am going to judge the fact that Cornish really hasn’t done a lot of movie work, and I think we’re asking a lot to suddenly hand to him a film that is 20 t …
 | Nov-4-2013 | 
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Did Game Hurt ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’?

PLUS: Abrams makes his involvement in ‘Star Trek 3’ official

Behind every good movie should be an equally good game. But the director of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” feels that the companion video game that went with the film failed on all fronts. “I feel, for me, emotionally it hurt,” J.J. Abrams recently told GamerHub, adding that he felt the bombing of the game may have affected “Into Darkness” a bit on the box office front. That didn’t stop “Into Darkness” from becoming the highest-grossing Star Trek film of all time, even when adjusting for inflation. But in Abrams’ eyes, there could’ve been a bit more interest if the game hadn …
 | Sep-13-2013 | 
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Paramount Provides First Look At ‘Into Darkness’ Extras

J.J. Abrams admits he knew fans might have trouble with bad guy

The bad guy was kept a (poor) secret from Star Trek fans ahead of the theatrical release of “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” But as the film makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 10, it has become clear that director J.J. Abrams was well aware of some of the backlash that might have come with the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan. But was he really the bad guy? “Normally in a popcorn summer movie, you want to know who your bad guy really is,” said Roberto Orci, one of the writers of “Into Darkness,” as part of the special features …
 | Sep-8-2013 | 
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‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Warps Back To Theaters

Paramount Pictures offers film in a double feature that includes ‘World War Z’

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is returning to theaters for a double feature that includes the zombie epic “World War Z.” Facing little competition at the box office during the summer’s final weekend, Paramount Pictures is looking to capitalize on the appeal of two of its strongest films. The special showings, running Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, include both hits for the price of admission. Several theater chains nationwide are set to participate, including AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres and Regal Cinemas. The films will show in RealD 3-D and 2-D. “Into Darkness …
 | Aug-28-2013 | 
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Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman Back For ‘Star Trek 3’

Paramount Pictures decide to stick with tried and true, despite schedule

It looked like the writing lives of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman was so busy, the two would never be available to write “Star Trek 3.” But it looks like we were all wrong. The two, who brought in “Lost” alum Damon Lindelof to write “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” have returned for their third movie in the Star Trek franchise, looking to push the reboots over the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office. That means Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz — who got their start writing for “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda” — will not get the gig after all, as many had speculated, accordi …
 | Aug-6-2013 | 
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