Whroberto orciether the move is logical or not, Roberto Orci is no longer directing ‘Star Trek 3’ (aka ‘Star Trek 13’). The rumors have been swirling around and according to Deadline, those rumors are true.

Orci was given the task to helm the Starship Enterprise behind the camera after J.J. Abrams stepped away to direct ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ It was a big move for Orci as it would have marked his big screen directorial debut. Reasons as to why the split with Paramount have not yet been disclosed but reports also have Edgar Wright (‘The World’s End’) on Paramount’s short list to direct the film.

No word if the project will move forward with the same screenplay that Orci co-wrote with Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. While no specific release date was given for ‘Star Trek 3,’ it is hoped that the film will hit theaters in 2016 which would mark the 50th anniversary of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise. If that is the case, Paramount will be signing a director soon as production would have to start early next year.

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