The Star Trek franchise is about to boldly go where no man has gone before…from a creative standpoint, that is. Roberto Orci, who cowrote Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness with Alex Kurtzman, has officially been chosen to direct Star Trek 3. Orci succeeds J.J. Abrams, who will be spending his time directing a little movie called Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams will remain a producer for Star Trek 3. Orci’s promotion comes after he and Alex Kurtzman ended their film partnership.
Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: this could be extremely problematic. Orci has zero directing experience. None! He’s obviously written scripts for movies and television, and even produced a couple shows like Alias, Sleepy Hollow and Fringe, but he has never directed a single movie or television episode before this. Is it wise to let someone with no experience have his first foray be a blockbuster like this? Definitely not. The guy needs some practice. Why not let him direct a few episodes of shows he’s involved with, rather than start by tossing him into the deep end of the pool?
The other problem with Orci is his track record. While the Star Trek reboots have been successful commercially and critically, many Star Trek fans hate the new films in part due to their script issues. Plus, Orci’s recent scripts, such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cowboys and Aliens and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, have been films where there may have been a lot of action, but the stories and dialogue were panned. Obviously you can’t blame just one person for a movie doing badly, but putting Orci in charge of [Star Trek 3](movie:817262) certainly isn’t helping things.
I’ve previously stated that keeping the Star Trek films entertaining should be the priority, but I realize now that’s not the right course of action. The last two films were good as popcorn flicks, but the franchise needs to delivering the intelligent, social commentary that it once had. Abrams was successful in getting Star Trek back into the public’s mind, but with Orci at the helm, we’re just going to get more of the same.
I don’t want this movie to fail, but if it does, maybe we’ll get some new blood for the Star Trek franchise leadership. A relaunch of a reboot. That’s never been done before, right?
SOURCE: Variety & ZergNet.com :)