Screenwriter Despised by Geeks to Direct Star Trek 3

Ewen Roberts

We knew he wanted it. Now we know he has it.

Roberto Orci, whom you know as a cowriter on Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movies and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as a producer on Ender’s Game, is going to direct the third installment of the Star Trek reboot cinematic saga.

I met Orci on the set of Ender’s Game, and in his defense I can say that he came across as very fan-friendly and totally willing to hear audience concerns. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ender’s Game is the truest film to source he has been associated with, possibly because it was the one where the principal nerd hate in its direction had nothing to do with him. But I will say that before he deleted his very entertaining Twitter feed, he had Fidel Castro as his avatar and was prone to linking to conspiracy theories, which may explain why every major movie he’s written has featured a large-scale secret plan by either government, an evil corporation, or both.

Honestly? I hope they let him make exactly the movie he wants, and he rises or falls based on its reception. Because thus far I think he’s been insulated. Let this be the test, and if he passes it, great.

Do you think he will?