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Star Trek 3 loses director Roberto Orci

Star Trek

Story by Jack Foley

ROBERTO Orci has withdrawn from directing the third film in the Star Trek franchise.

The filmmaker, best known for his screenwriting work with former partner Alex Kurtzman, was due to make his directorial debut with the movie, following in the footsteps of JJ Abrams, who directed the first two movies.

But Orci has now opted against stepping behind the camera on this occasion, although his reasons for doing so remain unclear.

He will, however, still remain involved with Star Trek 3 as a producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It has yet to be revealed what Orci’s departure means for the film’s shooting and subsequent release schedule.

Abrams left the Star Trek franchise in favour of helming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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