Roberto Orci Discusses “Star Trek 3” And “The Mummy” Reboot

July 22, 2013

While promoting Ender’s Game at Comic-Con, screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci gave an update on the next Star Trek installment.

Not too long ago, Zachary Quinto (Spock) said the third chapter would begin shooting next year with J.J. Abrams coming back to direct. Abrams is also filming Star Wars Episode VII next year and many fear the two schedules will conflict.

It seems Mr. Quinto may have jumped the gun. Orci had this to say, “I’d love to have J.J. back. We’re still talking to Paramount about what the scheduling might be and if we can all do it together again, but yeah I read that too and I was like, ‘Whoa, does [Quinto] know something I don’t? I’d better call him.’ He owes me a call.”

Paramount is currently targeting a 2016 release date for the third Star Trek film to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, Disney plans to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015.

Orci also gave an update on the reboot of The Mummy, which he is attached to produce in collaboration with Alex Kurtzman and Universal Pictures.

While discussing the challenges of remaking a film, “We just got a great script by Jon Spaihts, and we’re hoping to be shooting that in the new year. Our idea is to try and differentiate it from what’s come before because we love those movies and don’t want to just remake them, so how do you update it? So I think the idea is, yeah, do it now [in the present day.” Len Wiseman (Total Recall) is attached to direct the reboot, which is said to be more horror-focused and epic than the Brendan Fraser trilogy.

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