Roberto Orci in talks to direct Star Trek 3

Roberto Orci in talks to direct Star Trek 3

The search for a filmmaker to direct the third chapter of the modern  Star Trek movie franchise may end close to home, with series writer Roberto Orci reportedly in negotiations to direct the sequel to  Star Trek Into Darkness .Â

Orci is the current frontrunner for the role, according to a recent Deadline report, and is edging closer to filling the seat vacated by J.J. Abrams when he left the  Star Trek franchise to direct the next installment of  Star Wars . Orci co-wrote and co-produced the first two chapters of the rebooted  Star Trek  franchise (as well as the tie-in video game) with his longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman, but if he does take on directing duties for the third  Star Trek , it will be his first time behind the camera in that role. Â

Orci has been campaigning to direct the next  Star Trek for several weeks now, and has already agreed to write the film with screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne after parting ways with Kurtzman on this particular project. (The pair continue to collaborate on television projects.)

In addition to his work on the  Star Trek films, Orci has been instrumental in shaping the modern  Transformers and  The Amazing Spider-Man  franchises as both a producer and writer, so he’s no stranger to world-building. There’s no official word yet on when the third  Star Trek  will arrive in theaters, but with the 50th anniversary of the franchise in 2016, it’s reasonable to expect things will move along quickly if the next film hopes to share in the celebration.