Star Trek 3 Jettisons Director And (Terrible-Sounding) Script

It's a strange universe we live in where the folks behind the new Star Wars film are the same group that brought us the rebooted (and lens-flare-happy) Star Trek. Though the world of epic sci-fi movies isn't always blissful — it appears the next Star Trek is on the hunt for a new director after the disposal of Robert Orci and his less-than-inspiring script.

Mike Fleming Jr over at Deadline was the first to report the ejection of Orci, though the story wasn't able to provide much of a reason for the decision. Badass Digest's Devin Faraci however was able to talk with "some folks" and according to him, the movie's proposed plot was "one of the problem factors".

Faraci goes on to mention that production of the film was shuttered in November by Paramount, which also "sent home all the design people".

So, how bad must the script have been to lose Orci the job? Here's a summary of the story, from Badass Digest:

...my sources tell me that the script Orci was working on saw the Enterprise, the Vulcans and a new alien race competing to get a time travel device. The Vulcans want to go back and stop the destruction of their planet, and the time travel schtick is what would allow Chris Pine and William Shatner to share the screen.

Urgh... more time travel? I love paradoxes as much as the next sci-fi aficionado, but it can be overused just like any plot device. Hopefully whoever replaces Orci (Deadline speculates that ex-Ant Man Edgar Wright is on the short-list) can deliver a fresher, more original direction for the third instalment.

[Badass Digest and Deadline, via Blastr]

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