‘Star Trek 3’: Four top directors on shortlist to take over from JJ Abrams

Roberto Orci was due to direct the sequel to 'Star Trek Into Darkness' but recently stepped down

Four leading directors are now on the shortlist to helm Star Trek 3 after Roberto Orci stepped down earlier this month (December), according to Deadline.

JJ Abrams sat behind the camera for 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, but after the Lost creator was hired to direct the new Star Wars movie, Roberto Orci was lined up to replace him. Orci served as a producer on Abrams’ two Star Trek films and co-wrote both scripts, but Star Trek 3 would have marked his directorial debut.

However, Orci has recently confirmed he will serve solely as a producer on Star Trek 3 and Paramount Pictures is on the hunt for a replacement director. The studio is said to have already had a meeting with Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt, while The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum, Safe House‘s Daniel Espinosa and Fast & Furious‘s Justin Lin are reportedly in the running too.

Source Code director Duncan Jones – David Bowie‘s son – was also said to be on the shortlist, but has since taken to Twitter to rule himself out.

It was previously reported that British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, The World’s End) was in contention to take over from Orci but according to Deadline, he is no longer among the leading contenders.

Star Trek 3 has no official release date or title yet but is expected to be released in 2016 to coincide with the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.