As JJ Abrams is currently saber deep in Wookiee and Ewok with Star Wars: Episode VII, it is no surprise that he will be stepping down from his Star Trek directing duties to spend more time with his favourite child.
But the baton isn’t going to be handed to a completely new face. Simon Pegg has confirmed the earlier rumours that Roberto Orci will be taking the title of Star Trek 3 director.
The threequel will be Orci’s directing debut but he’s already made his name as a screenwriter and producer of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness.
“He emailed me before the news broke saying, ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?’” said Pegg. “He’s a good friend, he’s very much part of the Star Trek family.
“I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing. It’s not somebody coming in from outside.
“Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it.
“He was always the most Trekkie of all those guys anyway, he’s always understood the story the best, so it’s great that he’s going to be involved in the writing and directing.”