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Simon Pegg To Write ‘Star Trek 3’ With Doug Jung
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Simon Pegg Star Trek

Simon Pegg, the star of movies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz who plays Scotty in the most recent Star Trek movies, is set to co-write Star Trek 3 along with Dark Blue creator and writer Doug Jung.

Fast and Furious director Justin Lin recently took over as director on the movie, after J.J. Abrams moved on to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and previous director Roberto Orci exited the project. Both Abrams and Orci remain producers.

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‘Star Trek 3’ Director Shortlist Includes Rupert Wyatt and Duncan Jones Among Others
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Star Trek Into Darkness: Spock and Kirk

Ten days ago, it was announced that Roberto Orci would not be making his directorial debut on the tentatively-titled Star Trek 3, thus endangering any hope that the movie would be ready for release in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Sources close to the production indicated that Paramount Pictures was hoping to snag Edgar Wright, who famously departed Marvel Studios’ long-in-development Ant-Man back in May and was later replaced by Peyton Reed, to replace the inexperienced Orci in the director’s chair on what looks to be an important motion picture on several levels.

It looks as if any hope of retaining the services of the Shaun of the Dead/The World’s End filmmaker has proven to be a pipe dream because a promising shortlist of potential directors for Star Trek 3 has been leaked and Wright’s name is not among them. According to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline, Paramount has narrowed their selection of possible directorial pinch hitters to Rupert Wyatt, Duncan Jones, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Morten Tyldum.

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Roberto Orci Won’t Direct ‘Star Trek 3’; Edgar Wright On Short List To Take Over
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Star Trek Into Darkness: Spock and Kirk

Back in May, it was announced that Roberto Orci would be directing Star Trek 3 and the Transformers writer even dropped off as executive producer for the Power Rangers movie to focus on the Trek sequel.

Now, Deadline is reporting that Orci, who was to pick up where franchise director J.J. Abrams left off (when he moved on to Star Wars: The Force Awakens), will no longer be directing the third Star Trek movie, but he will stay on as producer.

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Roberto Orci Drops Out Of ‘Power Rangers’ To Focus On ‘Star Trek 3’
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However you may feel about Roberto Orci, the man is clearly in demand. He wrote the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and was attached to write subsequent sequels and spinoffs, until he dropped out and officially signed on to write and direct Star Trek 3. Then he became attached to be an executive producer for Power Rangers. But it seems that that too is one too many franchises for the man, as he is making Star Trek 3 his top priority, and dropping out of Power Rangers.

Deadline cites scheduling conflicts as the main reason why Orci is out as executive producer of the new Power Rangers movie. This seems to make a bit of sense considering how many more responsibilities he will have now that he is writing and directing Star Trek 3.

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‘Power Rangers’ Reboot Gets A Release Date
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Saban Lionsgate Movie

Back in May, Lionsgate and Saban announced their plans for a new film franchise that will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Now, the studios have revealed the release date for the first film.

Power Rangers will be getting a worldwide theatrical release on July 22, 2016 through Lionsgate.

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Roberto Orci No Longer Involved With ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Franchise
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Sony’s decision to reboot the Spider-Man franchise may have come too soon and has painted them into a tiny corner with their planned universe, since the rebooted franchise has struggled to please critics, and has not fared well at the box office, with each film earning less than its successor. The news that the studio would reschedule The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s 2016 release to a rumored 2017 release did not bode well for the franchise, and now things are about to get much worse.

Roberto Orci, who was hired to write the script for the second sequel, plus the script for the Venom spinoff, will no longer be involved with developing The Amazing Spider-Man cinematic universe. Losing a writer at this critical juncture is one thing, but Orci says that he has no idea what the studio’s plans are for the franchise.

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Roberto Orci Says ‘Star Trek 3’ Is A 5-Year Mission Set In Deep Space
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When Star Trek Into Darkness ended, the crew of the Starship Enterprise was about to set off for a five-year mission. With the film officially set for a 2016 release, we will see what the mission entails. For the first time, Roberto Orci has spoken about Star Trek 3 since he was hired to direct the film.

Hit the jump for Orci’s full quote.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ Release May Be Pushed To 2017
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

If you are still bitter about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, no one would really blame you, especially on account that the film got mixed to negative reviews, and is one of the lowest earnings Spider-Man films of the five that have been released. Though the $60 million weekend opening – it took almost a month and a half to reach over $200 domestically – and a $600 million worldwide gross isn’t a complete loss, the fact that the grossing numbers have been dwindling since the reboot isn’t exactly what Sony was hoping to see.

With Sinister Six and Venom spinoff films coming in the near future, all of which are interconnected to The Amazing Spider-Man canon, Sony is left to rethink their strategy for the franchise, which may actually include pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s release from 2016 to 2017. Hit the jump for more.

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Roberto Orci Will Direct ‘Star Trek 3’
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Star Trek Into Darkness: Spock and Kirk

Now that J.J. Abrams is hard at work making Star Wars: Episode VII, Paramount Pictures and Skydance were in need of a new director for the third movie in their rebooted Star Trek franchise. Abrams directed the first two movies, 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

In what could be considered a risky move, the studios have decided not to find an established big Hollywood blockbuster director to bring in. In fact, they’re not even bringing in an up-and-coming director who might be ready to break out. Instead, it has been decided to hire writer Roberto Orci to direct Star Trek 3.

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Comic Review: Star Trek #30
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Star Trek #30 cover by Cat StaggsStar Trek #30
Parallel lives, Part 2 of 2
Written by Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by Yasmin Liang
Colors by Zac Atkinson
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano
Cover by Cat Staggs
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

The previous issue of IDW’s Star Trek comic book series began the Parallel Lives storyline by introducing us to Jane Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise, and her crew. This issue, Star Trek, written by Mike Johnson, brings to a close one of the finest ‘episodes’ to come out of the divergent J.J. Abrams timeline.

When confronted with Jane Kirk and her predominately female crew, the first thing I noticed was the realization that I am a total misogynist. I didn’t realize it (my wife knew), but I suppose I was living denial. Having all the genders reversed showed how male-dominated crew positions on the Enterprise tend to be. Something I would not have noticed before.

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