Roberto Orci Comments on Leaving STAR TREK 3 Director’s Chair; Says He Will Remain “Very Involved”

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Last week, we learned that Roberto Orci was stepping down as the director of Star Trek 3, and I greeted this news with cautious optimism.  On the one hand, it seems like Paramount came to its senses in not letting a guy who hadn’t even directed a YouTube short film to take the reins of a major blockbuster, although previous reports say that the script was the big problem, not his glaring lack of experience.  However, it’s not like he was kicked off the lot or even off the project.

Orci confirmed his continuted involvement on the website Trek Movie, and also commented on the rumors regarding the script and the current status of the film.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Trek 3 is currently scheduled to open in summer 2016.

Roberto Orci Will Not Direct STAR TREK 3; Edgar Wright Now Under Consideration

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Big Star Trek 3 news, folks.  While it was clear that J.J. Abrams was not going to be able to return to direct Trek 3 due to his duties on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount Pictures opted to keep things familiar by tapping Star Trek producer/writer Roberto Orci to make his feature directing debut on the project.  This was a big coup for Orci, who has zero directing credits to his name and is a massive Trek fan, but was cause for concern for some who thought his previous filmography as a writer and producer wasn’t exactly encouraging.  Well now those fans can rest easy, as word comes that Orci has vacated the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

With Paramount wanting to have the film finished in time for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary in 2016, they’ll need to work quickly to find a replacement.  One name that’s apparently on the shortlist: Edgar Wright.  More on the Star Trek 3 director shakeup after the jump.

UNTITLED UNIVERSAL MONSTER FRANCHISE FILM Dated For 2017, Will Be Second Shared Universe Pic After THE MUMMY

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By this point it’s common knowledge that Universal has their own cinematic shared universe to build using the IP of their classic monsters (which means we can technically also refer to this as an MCU too).  While I haven’t seen their recent film Dracula Untold, it’s my understanding that it’s only tangentially connected to the main series of films being developed by producers/writers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.  Kurtzman will actually be directing The Mummy from a script credited to John Spaihts and Billy Ray, which will hit theaters on June 24, 2016.  So this new project, currently going by Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film, will obviously focus on one of the other monsters in at their disposal (with an appearance by The Mummy I would guess if they’re planning on hitting the ground running with the shared universe concept).

But which monster?  I’m not sure!  What’s interesting (and maybe a little alarming) is how intent they are into making these into action movies.  Hit the jump for more on the Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film, which is currently dated for Friday, April 27th, 2017.

William Shatner’s STAR TREK 3 Cameo Will Place Him in Familiar Company [Update: Shatner Comments]

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Just when we thought William Shatner-gate was over… they pull me back in.  For the past few weeks there have been whispers, an unconvincing denial, and then some soft confirmation that Shatner’s cameo Star Trek 3 was coming together after being left out of the first two films in J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot franchise reboot.  And now we have what seems to be some solid details on the scene itself.

I don’t actually consider this information to be super-spoilery at all, but out of sensitivity to you guys and fans of the franchise, I’ve decided to be vague about the nature of this thing in these opening paragraphs, so if you want the full story you’ll have to head below.  Hit the jump for details on William Shatner’s Star Trek 3 cameo.  The film will be directed by Roberto Orci and will hit theaters in 2016.

STAR TREK 3 Brings Oscar Winner Claudio Miranda Aboard as Cinematographer, Will Shoot in Vancouver and Seoul

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Now that we’re done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3.  First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea.  And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, TRON: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. 

This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally.  Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3.  The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016.

William Shatner Confirms J.J. Abrams Has Contacted Him About Appearing in STAR TREK 3

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For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3.  While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise.  Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky.

A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3.  Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell with it” and flat-out confirmed that Abrams contacted him about appearing in Star Trek 3.  More on the potential William Shatner Star Trek 3 cameo after the jump.

William Shatner and Roberto Orci Respond to STAR TREK 3 Shatner/Leonard Nimoy Reunion Rumor

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Just two days ago, a rumor surfaced claiming that Roberto Orci was going to give squeezing William Shatner into the new Star Trek film franchise another go.  Leonard Nimoy made his way into both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, however, Shatner’s scene from Star Trek was cut and he never became part of Star Trek Into Darkness either.

If the latest rumor is true, Shatner will finally get some screen time in Star Trek 3, but neither Shatner nor Orci are willing to confirm that the Shatner/Nimoy reunion is legit.  Hit the jump for their responses.

STAR TREK 3 Might Include William Shatner… If He Decides to Show Up

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I remember the friction between William Shatner and J.J. Abrams before the release of Star Trek reboot in 2009.  If I recall, there were some awkward exchanges (and even videos) bandied about regarding Shatner’s displeasure with his cameo being cut.  For whatever reason he didn’t appear in Star Trek Into Darkness either, but now there’s a sliver of hope to confuse the timeline even more in Star Trek 3.

Apparently writer/potential director Roberto Orci has written a part for him in the script (with the help of co-writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay).  We already know that this Star Trek movie will actually take place in deep space (as opposed to San Francisco/the CAA courtyard) so it’s possibly the good news could keep rolling in.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Director Josh Boone in Talks to Revive LESTAT at Universal; INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Won’t Be Remade

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All around I think this is a rather encouraging bit of news.  Director Josh Boone, who is now very much in demand following the success of his recent film The Fault in Our Stars, appears to be pretty much all set up to write and direct Lestat, the new Anne Rice adaptation percolating at Universal.  To me, this indicates that they want to focus on character in favor of spectacle overload (though I’m sure there will be a bit of that as well).

Equally good news?  It looks as though Interview With the Vampire won’t be remade after all.  At least not right now.  A few weeks back I speculated that a remake would happen when the news broke that the rights to all of The Vampire Chronicles (including the upcoming Prince Lestat) were going to Universal, but I’m happy to admit that I was wrong on that particular prognostication.  Hit the jump for more on Josh Boone directing Lestat.

Roberto Orci Says First Draft of the STAR TREK 3 Script Is Complete

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Development continues to move forward on Star Trek 3 while J.J. Abrams is off in a galaxy far, far away, and a status update has surfaced from writer/producer/likely director Roberto Orci.  It was reported a few months ago that Orci, who was a screenwriter and producer on both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, was in negotiations to take over the director’s chair on Star Trek 3.  He subsequently told us that it wasn’t exactly a done deal just yet, adding that Paramount had yet to see the script.  In these ensuing months, Orci has been working to craft the Star Trek 3 script with writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and this weekend Orci announced that the trio has now completed the first draft.  More after the jump. 

POWER RANGERS Movie Release Date Set for July 22, 2016; Official Synopsis Revealed

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Lionsgate has set the Power Rangers movie release date for July 22, 2016, officially scheduling morphin’ time for just over two years from now.  The film doesn’t yet have a director let alone a cast, but X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were tasked with penning the script a month ago, and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) boarded the project as executive producer.  Story details are non-existent at this point, but Orci recently revealed that Power Rangers is not a “leave it behind reboot”, adding that the film will exist in continuity with the TV series.  The question then is, which TV series?  Power Rangers began in 1993 on Fox and has aired a total of 20 seasons thus far, going through a number of different incarnations of the core Rangers.

On the July 2016 date, Power Rangers will open directly opposite Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film for Warner Bros. and a week after the next Bourne film.  With the clock now running, we should hear word on a director for the project in the coming months.  Read the official synopsis after the jump which, unsurprisingly, puts the fate of the world in the Rangers’ hands.

Alfred Molina Talks Playing the Villain, the Freedom of TV, and More on the Set of El Rey’s MATADOR

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna) becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

Back in May, Collider (along with one other online outlet) was invited to spend an afternoon on the set, which just happened to be a $40 million ranch property out in Simi Valley, where we got to watch them shoot Episode 5, directed by Dwight Little (who also did the Season 1 finale of From Dusk Till Dawn).  The family environment and camaraderie was obvious when, even though it was all work when the cameras were rolling, between shot set-ups, the actors would continue to practice soccer between takes and, at one point, a crew member even picked up a guitar and started strumming while show star Gabriel Luna sang along.  On his lunch break, we spoke to veteran actor Alfred Molina about how he came to be a part of this show, how delighted he is to be playing the villain, where his character has progressed to, at this point in the season, and the freedom in working on television.  Check out our Alfred Molina Matador interview after the jump.  Episode 5 airs tonight.

Simon Pegg Touts STAR TREK 3 Director Roberto Orci; Reiterates Excitement for J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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While Simon Pegg is currently gearing up to start filming Mission: Impossible 5 (and touting the release of his drama Hector and the Search for Happiness), he recently took some time to talk about two other major franchises that he’s somewhat involved in.  Firstly, Pegg discussed the prospective hiring of Roberto Orci as the new director of Star Trek 3, saying he’s “really happy” that Orci has been chosen to take over the franchise from J.J. Abrams and adding that the Trek series is in good hands.  Additionally, Pegg reiterated his enthusiasm for Star Wars: Episode VII, with which he has no involvement beyond being very good friends with Abrams.  Pegg noted that Episode VII is destined to “feel more like Star Wars than anything we’ve seen in the last 30 years.”  Hit the jump for Pegg’s full comments on Star Trek and Wars.

Tanc Sade Talks about Learning to Play Soccer, His Cocky Character, and More on the Set of El Rey’s MATADOR

by     Posted 136 days ago

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna) becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

Back in May, Collider (along with one other online outlet) was invited to spend an afternoon on the set, which just happened to be a $40 million ranch property out in Simi Valley, where we got to watch them shoot Episode 5, directed by Dwight Little (who also did the Season 1 finale of From Dusk Till Dawn).  The family environment and camaraderie was obvious when, even though it was all work when the cameras were rolling, between shot set-ups, the actors would continue to practice soccer between takes and, at one point, a crew member even picked up a guitar and started strumming while show star Gabriel Luna sang along.  While they were setting up for the next scene, we spoke to actor Tanc Sade (who plays Alec Holester, the English striker for the LA Riot) about how he came to be a part of this show, learning to play soccer for this role, his appreciation for the sport, how much fun he has playing this cocky character, what an extreme athlete he is in his own life, and why he loves acting.  Check out our Tanc Sade Matador interview after the jump!  Episode 5 airs Tuesday, August 12th.

Universal and Imagine Land the Rights to Anne Rice’s THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES; Kurtzman and Orci to Produce

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I guess we might be getting a remake of Interview with the Vampire after all.  Universal has acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s incredibly popular anthology of novels, The Vampire Chronicles. Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (someone needs to look into a monopoly breaker for those two, they can’t have every property).  The deal is for every single book in the series, including the upcoming Prince Lestat (and yes, this includes the ones that have already been made such as Interview and Queen of the Damned).

I’d like to think they could hit the ground running with the sequels and leave the 1994 Tom Cruise movie alone, but there’s a strong likelihood that they’ll feel the need to rebrand from the ground up. Only time will tell, but that’s my hunch.  Hit the jump for more on The Vampire Chronicles landing at Universal and Imagine and be sure to check out our Comic-Con interview with Rice herself. 

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