Published On: Sat, Apr 26th, 2014

Roberto Orci seeking director’s role for ‘Star Trek 3’

Separating from his creating partner Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci  appears to be primed to replace JJ Abrams as the director on the “Star Trek” franchise.

Variety reports that Orci is currently lobbying hard to take over the director’s chair for “Star Trek 3,” with Abrams busy getting Star Wars: Episode VII together. Orci is already working on the script with Patrick McKay & John D. Payne, but not he wants to get behind the camera for his directorial debut. Apparently Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are on board with his desire, but Paramount Pictures isn’t sold on letting Orci take on their valuable franchise for his directing debut.

“Kurtzman and Orci — who will remain in business together on the TV front–are parting amicably, according to sources, and the split will allow them to pursue separate feature careers as directors,” the article states. “The two still have more than a dozen projects in development, including the next two “Spider-Man” films. It is unclear how those projects will be handled or divided between the two men. Their production company, K/O Paper Products, which they launched in 2009, will most likely be reconfigured to accommodate their separation in the feature arena.”

Kurtzman has been tapped to direct “Venom,” Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff. He wrote the script with Orci and Ed Solomon, who also produced last summer’s “Now You See Me” with the pair.

Kurtzman and Orci co-wrote the pilot for Fox’s fantasy-drama “Sleepy Hollow,” which was a breakout hit for Fox this season. They are juggling pilots at present for CBS (“Scorpion”) and the CW (“Identity”) and a series for Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling cabler El Rey, “Matador.”

They remain exec producers of  “Hawaii Five-O,” which is wrapping its fourth season on CBS. They created Fox’s cult-fave “Fringe,” which had a five-season run.

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