After months of erroneous reports about who would take over the director's chair in the new "Star Trek" series' third installment, Variety reports that Roberto Orci will fill J.J. Abrams' shoes.
The threequel will mark Orci's first time behind the camera. He's had a steady career as a producer and writer, though, having previously written episodes of "Alias," the first two "Transformers" movies and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Orci is also a frequent Abrams collaborator. In addition to "Alias," he wrote "Mission: Impossible III" and the previous two "Star Trek" movies. In other words, is there anyone more suited to take over this series?
Orci replaces names like Jon M. Chu ("Step Up 2: The Streets," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block") following months of campaigning to replace Abrams. The outgoing "Star Trek" director will still be around as a producer and story consultant, but he confirmed in October 2013 that he was trading in the Trekkies for The Force.
Unsurprisingly, we have yet to learn any plot details for the new "Star Trek." What we do know is that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will return to their roles of Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively. Another thing that's certain is that "Star Trek 3," which is eyeing a 2016 release, will remain a box office behemoth, no matter who's in the director's chair. Abrams' first "Star Trek" took in $386 million worldwide, while "Star Trek Into Darkness" earned $467 million.