Roberto Orci is about to boldly go where no Roberto Orci has gone before.
The screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Alex Kurtzman on films like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and the previous two "Star Trek" films, has been tapped by Paramount to direct the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek Into Darkness." After weeks of rumors connecting Orci to the captain's chair, Variety reports that the man has now officially won the job.
Orci replaces outgoing director J.J. Abrams as the new head of the "Star Trek" film franchise. Abrams, of course, has turned his attention to a different "Star" series — namely, the resurrection of the "Star Wars" films, via the still-untitled "Episode VII."
While Orci has history with "Star Trek," having penned the two movies in the current rebooted film series, he does not have history as a director. Indeed, the untitled "Star Trek" sequel marks Orci's directorial debut. Following Abrams' lead is a difficult task for any director, let alone a first-time director. But having a long history with Abrams, and a long history with the franchise, Orci is uniquely positioned to helm the franchise.
The next "Star Trek" movie is expected to arrive in 2016.
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