Okay, so this has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. First Robert Orci was directing the next Star Trek. Then he wasn’t. Then he was again.
Now, according to Deadline, Orci isn’t anymore.
Whether he was fired or quit the project is unknown, as very few details beyond “he’s out” seem to be around. Orci is still “Producing,” but it’s unclear whether or not he’s actually acting as a real producer or “Producing” the way Tim Burton was a producer on Batman Forever. Deadline says Edgar Wright is on the short list to replace Orci, but that seems weird and unlikely. Wright is a great director, but how well his style would mesh with the Star Trek franchise is questionable.
Although it’s true “Edgar Wright’s Star Trek” would probably be entertaining.
Now that J.J. Abrams isn’t involved in the new Star Trek films, we really need to come up with a new shorthand for the “Alternate Reality” Star Trek movies. Anywho, according to Bad Ass Digest, a cameo has been written into the third no-longer-Abramsverse Star Trek film’s script for William Shatner (if he is willing to appear in the film).
If Shatner chooses to accept an offer to appear, the scene would apparently be integral to the plot — which makes we wonder what they’ll do if he says no.
Who are we kidding, unless there was some unknown health problem, Shatner would never say no.
Personally, while I love Shatner, it just sort of seems weird. While Prime Universe Spock was integral in the 2009 Star Trek (and it made sense for him to appear in into Darkness), the continued reliance on the old cast does not bode well for the new reality.
Via Bad Ass Digest