This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, but I suppose it’s worth posting to get some clarity on a process that seems to be playing out in an unusually public fashion. After vacating the director’s chair, Roberto Orci has confirmed that his script for Star Trek 3 will not be used. Again, not a shock considering that “creative differences” were cited as the reason for his departure from that position (I mean, the script is pretty much the only thing that could cause the aforementioned rift).
With Justin Lin signed on to direct and a July 2016 release date looming, I suppose there was a chance that they’d use elements of Orci’s draft in order to make the deadline (and I imagine they’ve already started pre-viz on action sequences that will have to be implemented into the next script that comes together), but the narrative Orci is giving the fans has him onboard as a producer only. Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3 coming together without Roberto Orci’s script.
Orci has taken to the message boards of Trek Movie to assuage commenters. In regard to his involvement he clarifies, “I’m producing, nothing more or less.” He also told another commented that he’s not sure who is writing the new script. “I won’t lie, I don’t know yet, but the story we are talking about would be awesome, hang in there!” And in response to (unusually persistent) alternate timeline criticisms he states, “Stop blaming BR. It was my idea so that you would not know what was gonna happen next. Nothing more or less. I stand behind it. And it, again, is the reason why I make movies and you don’t.”
It’s too early for me to make any sort of call over whether any of this is good or bad. As with anything, I just want the movie to be good.