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UPDATE: Roberto Orci To Helm ‘Star Trek 3′

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UPDATED, 7:09 PM: Looks like Roberto Orci indeed is set to direct the next Star Trek pic — as we reported exclusively last week.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, May 9: After an aggressive lobbying campaign, Roberto Orci has emerged as the clear frontrunner to replace JJ Abrams and direct Paramount‘s third installment of the Star Trek series. I’m hearing they’re in talks. This comes after Orci parted company with longtime partner Alex Kurtzman (though they continue on TV projects). This would amount to another first-time director taking on a massive project, which has been hit (Snow White And The Huntsman) and miss (Transcendence, John Carter, 47 Ronin).

trekk Orci could be an exception on the positive side of the ledger because he has been involved for so long as writer and producer in shaping such big scale films as the Star Trek films as well as the Transformers and Amazing Spider-Man movies. I’m told that Paramount’s partner, Skydance Productions, has been in Orci’s corner, but Paramount needed convincing. Now it all could happen at warp speed. Abrams helmed the first two films from his home base at Paramount, but surprised the studio by agreeing to relaunch the Star Wars franchise and direct the first film, at Disney. Stay tuned. Orci is repped by CAA.

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 6:46pm PDT

Catch up on the top film stories of the week:

Power-RangersLionsgate, Saban Brands Reboot ‘Power Rangers’ As Pic Franchise
By Mike Fleming Jr.
Hollywood’s hunger to match movies with proven brands knows no bounds. Lionsgate has announced it will team with Saban Brands to revive the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the first of what it hopes will be many live action feature films.

BOX OFFICE: ‘Neighbors’ A Raucous No. 1 As ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Hits A Wall; ‘The Other Woman’ On Strong Legs
By Anita Busch
Sony just weighed in with its numbers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Heaven is For Real and Moms’ Night Out and all three are on the high end of, well, let’s put it this way … Universal and Sony are both hoping for a heavenly holiday Sunday.

Hollywood Teamsters Boss Warns Drivers About Rise In On-Set Fistfights – Really
By David Robb
Fistfights among Teamsters on film and TV productions in Hollywood are giving the union a black eye, says the head of the union’s Hollywood local. Brawling among union drivers has gotten so bad, in fact, that Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399, has warned his members that they’ll be fired if they keep it up. He posted this memo to the local’s website yesterday. Read More »

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