The search for a filmmaker to direct the third chapter of the modernÂ Star Trek movie franchise may end close to home, with series writerÂ Roberto Orci reportedly in negotiations to direct the sequel toÂ 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 theÂ Star Trek franchise to direct the next installment ofÂ Star Wars . Orci co-wrote and co-produced the first two chapters of the rebootedÂ Star Trek Â 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 thirdÂ Star Trek , it will be his first time behind the camera in that role. Â
Orci has been campaigning to direct the nextÂ Star Trek for several weeks now, and has already agreed to write the film with screenwritersÂ 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 theÂ Star Trek films, Orci has been instrumental in shaping the modernÂ Transformers andÂ The Amazing Spider-Man Â franchises as both a producer and writer, so he’s no stranger to world-building. There’s no official word yet on when the thirdÂ Star Trek Â 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 theÂ celebration.