Simon Pegg, the star of movies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz who plays Scotty in the most recent Star Trek movies, is set to co-write Star Trek 3 along with Dark Blue creator and writer Doug Jung.
Fast and Furious director Justin Linrecently took over as director on the movie, after J.J. Abrams moved on to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and previous director Roberto Orciexited the project. Both Abrams and Orci remain producers.
Ten days ago, it was announced that Roberto Orci would not be making his directorial debut on the tentatively-titled Star Trek 3, thus endangering any hope that the movie would be ready for release in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Sources close to the production indicated that Paramount Pictures was hoping to snag Edgar Wright, who famously departed Marvel Studios’ long-in-development Ant-Manback in May and was later replaced by Peyton Reed, to replace the inexperienced Orci in the director’s chair on what looks to be an important motion picture on several levels.
It looks as if any hope of retaining the services of the Shaun of the Dead/The World’s End filmmaker has proven to be a pipe dream because a promising shortlist of potential directors for Star Trek 3 has been leaked and Wright’s name is not among them. According to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline, Paramount has narrowed their selection of possible directorial pinch hitters to Rupert Wyatt, Duncan Jones, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Morten Tyldum.
Back in May, it was announced that Roberto Orci would be directingStar Trek 3 and the Transformers writer even dropped off as executive producer for the Power Rangers movie to focus on the Trek sequel.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Orci, who was to pick up where franchise director J.J. Abrams left off (when he moved on to Star Wars: The Force Awakens), will no longer be directing the third Star Trek movie, but he will stay on as producer.
However you may feel about Roberto Orci, the man is clearly in demand. He wrote the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and was attached to write subsequent sequels and spinoffs, until he dropped out and officially signed on to write and direct Star Trek 3. Then he became attached to be an executive producer for Power Rangers. But it seems that that too is one too many franchises for the man, as he is making Star Trek 3 his top priority, and dropping out of Power Rangers.
Deadline cites scheduling conflicts as the main reason why Orci is out as executive producer of the new Power Rangers movie. This seems to make a bit of sense considering how many more responsibilities he will have now that he is writing and directing Star Trek 3.
Back in May, Lionsgate and Saban announced their plans for a new film franchise that will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Now, the studios have revealed the release date for the first film.
Power Rangers will be getting a worldwide theatrical release on July 22, 2016 through Lionsgate.