roberto_orciDeadline reports that Roberto Orci has emerged as the clear front runner to direct the next Star Trek film. This is due to his extensive work on the franchise, despite the fact that this would be his first time directing a feature film. Skydance Productions who partner with Paramount Pictures is said to be backing Orci to make the step up from writer/producer to director.

Roberto Orci is currently working on the screenplay for Star Trek 3 along with JD Payne and Patrick McKay.