Orci Talks ‘New Discoveries’ For 2016 Star Trek Movie


Roberto Orci remains cautious but he had a little more to say about the 2016 Star Trek movie at a recent event – talking about the setting, character arcs and directing the film. Details below.

Orci Talks Star Trek 2016 Directing & Setting

Roberto Orci took time away from writing the next Star Trek movie to attend a premiere screening of his new El Rey series Matador, hosted by Latino Post and the United Latin American Citizens. Latin Post has reported more of Orci’s Star Trek comments from the Q&A. First up, Orci (while remaining cautious to avoid spoilers) also added a bit more detail on the previously reported comments regarding the setting of the next movie and the arcs of the characters….

Well, fans are a little bit nutty, so I have got to be careful with what I say, but I can tell you that it definitely takes place in [deep] space. They’re finally on their five year mission and that hasn’t been the case in any of the previous movies. The first two movies are set up to where the original series started. Now when you watch this movie, hopefully, you will see that Kirk, Spock and Bones and Scotty, Uhura, and Chekov are very close to the original characters that you saw in the original series and from [there] they’re going to hopefully discover some stuff that you haven’t seen before.

Also, in relation to the hubub over the status of Roberto Orci’s deal to direct the next Star Trek film. Bob has added a bit more detail to his previous comments, saying…

It looks like I may direct it; I am in the middle of proving to Paramount that I am the guy for the job.

More on the event at The Latin Post.

Orci with Latin Post’s Melissa Castellanos at Matador screening at Paley Center in New York (photo: Latin Post)

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July 18, 2014 3:40 pm

“…a little but nutty?”


Mike Stivic
July 18, 2014 3:41 pm

With more Orci and less Abrams, this movie is probably going to be the best of the three thus far! I hope it has the sometimes spooky feel of the original show and more of the Kirk, Spock, McCoy relationship.

Son of Sarek
July 18, 2014 3:52 pm

Patrick Stewart must costar in a search for Spock Prime to return him to his correct timeline. Cameo various TNG, DS9, VOY stars for good measure for the 50th extravaganza!

Ryan Spooner
July 18, 2014 3:53 pm

I’m cautiously optimistic. If we can pull back from the full on action focus a little, and dedicate a bit more time to the characters, set pieces, space scenery, ships etc, then I’ll be happy.

July 18, 2014 4:01 pm

1 Duncan, LOL!

July 18, 2014 4:02 pm

4 Ryan, I’m in full agreement.

As for the “bring back Original/TNG/every other” cast member ideas, I’d say that folks are whistlin’ into the wind.

July 18, 2014 4:28 pm

I hope they take the example of X-men Days of Future Past, where the drama and action are balanced. I enjoyed STID, it was exciting and I had a rollicking good time watching contemporary issues be reflected in Star Trek..Now that the characters are established, lets take it up another notch like STID did from ST09. Lets have less action, more exploration, more of the triad, and a more cerebral sci fi experience this time. I want to walk out of the theatre and say, “wow, that is the smartest star trek film I have ever seen. I never thought of….” If audiences can swallow DOFP, Gravity, edge of tomorrow and Inception, then they can handle a sci fi adventure complete with ideas that challenge their intellect.

Good Luck Bob!!

Mike Barnett
July 18, 2014 4:43 pm

We’re in good hands with Orci in the center seat. Paramount will make it official once he hands in the script.

July 18, 2014 5:00 pm

Good story. Original story. Character focus. Minimal (if any) lens flares and fist fights.

I seriously doubt there’s enough backing to load up on fan-boy pleasing stunt casting. Many of the actors from the other series in the TNG era do not even look like they did (not a dig, just a fact) so why would you go there?

July 18, 2014 5:12 pm

@9. CmdrR

“Many of the actors from the other series in the TNG era do not even look like they did (not a dig, just a fact) so why would you go there?”

Disney & Abrams just went there with the casting of Ford, Hamill and Fisher in SW 7!

July 18, 2014 5:17 pm

“It looks like I may direct it; I am in the middle of proving to Paramount that I am the guy for the job.”

Paramount, stop wasting time, just get it on with, greenlight the movie & release it in 2016.

Son of Jello
July 18, 2014 5:44 pm

“I am in the middle of proving to Paramount that I am the guy for the job”.


Keachick (Rose)
July 18, 2014 6:04 pm

Is anybody else busy proving that they might be the guy (perhaps a better person?) as well as Bob Orci?

Surely, the decision and signing of actual contracts should occur much sooner than later. Many of us believed that this had already happened.

July 18, 2014 6:06 pm

“…Sulu, however, will be unrecognizable.”

July 18, 2014 6:10 pm

@ 13. Keachick (Rose) – July 18, 2014

“Is anybody else busy proving that they might be the guy (perhaps a better person?) as well as Bob Orci?”

That is a good question, unfortunately we have no way of knowing if that is the case.

July 18, 2014 6:21 pm

Watch this space….doomsday machine

July 18, 2014 6:29 pm

Time to blow up the Enterprise again.

Lemingsworth Bint
July 18, 2014 6:34 pm

If people wanted to see Picard again, they would have bought his blurays. But they didn’t, so don’t look to see your childhood favorites riding the coattails of nuTrek’s success.

July 18, 2014 6:35 pm

“Well, fans are a little bit nutty…” is the new “Get a life!”

July 18, 2014 6:39 pm

Steady as she goes, Mr. Orci.

Don’t be afraid to remind them that you have plenty of backup support from the movie experts here at TM! ; )

July 18, 2014 6:54 pm

3 quick points for boborci

1. Looking forward to fall for 2 reasons. NFL and Sleepy Hollow!
2. Kudos to you and your agent!
3. Keep Shatner & Nimoy in mind for 50th anniversary movie! Knock Trek 3 out of the Park!

July 18, 2014 6:58 pm

#19. Diskhanbobulated – July 18, 2014

I’m still parsing:

“I was a fan Star Trek forever;” — Roberto Orci

Mad Mann
July 18, 2014 7:01 pm

17 JR

Aw, man, I really hope they DONT blow up the Enterprise!!!

Please don’t destroy the Enterprise! We saw that TWICE already in other Trek movies! Twice!

July 18, 2014 7:03 pm

Not the slightest bit interested in a blender movie to celebrate the 50th anniversary. That’s the whole purpose retrospective TV specials serve.

July 18, 2014 7:18 pm

@22. Disinvited

““I was a fan Star Trek forever;” — Roberto Orci”

Maybe he meant Batman Forever :-)

July 18, 2014 7:30 pm

24 Phil

Lets not have a run of the mill average movie either

July 18, 2014 7:31 pm

You go, Bob. You’ve proved you have what it takes. Directorial technique can learned….passion cannot. Trust yourself, surround yourself with people you can trust to tell you the truth, and concentrate on telling us the story you want to see on that screen.

Folks, right here, right now, who is better equipped to direct this film? Who has access to better advice? He helped bring Trek back from the dead, and he helped make it succeed.

Have some faith, folks.

Red Dead Ryan
July 18, 2014 7:35 pm


“Maybe he meant Batman Forever :-)”

Unless he decides to include homoerotic nippled rubber suits with oversized codpieces along with neon and bad acting, I would rather think he has better taste than that! :-)

July 18, 2014 7:39 pm

@28. Red Dead Ryan


July 18, 2014 7:39 pm

#15. Ahmed – July 18, 2014

Old guy nostalgia alert:

Reminds me of that old panel game show “TO TELL THE TRUTH” where 3 contestants each identify themselves as “My name is Roberto Orci.” and the panelists try to discern who’s the real Roberto Orci. If a deceiver gets the most votes he wins and gets to direct the next trek.

Red Dead Ryan
July 18, 2014 7:44 pm

Yeah, I’m no fan of the “how many of the previous actors can we get into the movie for the anniversary” gimmick. “Star Wars” is different, as none of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, nor Mark Hamill continued appearing in any SW production after “Return Of The Jedi”. Trek has featured countless cameos and crossovers — they’re no longer special.

A few Easter eggs — nods to popular episodes or moments from previous Treks — is okay, but just as long as it’s more “Skyfall” than “Die Another Day” in how they’re included.

B Kramer
July 18, 2014 7:44 pm

Check out Bob O. and company with the POTUS (another famous ST fan of course.)


July 18, 2014 7:45 pm

# 26. Tom – July 18, 2014

” Lets not have a run of the mill average movie either” — Tom

Now you’ve done it. I’m never going to get the image out of my head that Brewgineering also includes a mill as [gravity] well.

July 18, 2014 7:52 pm

#31. Red Dead Ryan – July 18, 2014

Waddaya mean? STAR WARS had 2 count ’em 2 movies between the 2nd and 3rd appearances of the principal character Yoda. For STAR TREK, it took 4 movies before its Yoda, Spock, returned.

July 18, 2014 7:57 pm

@32. B Kramer

wow, this is a great picture. Bob is at the center of power; right next to President Obama :)

And Tony aka the Matador is there too, this is so weird; I just finished watching the pilot.

Thanks for sharing, B Kramer.

July 18, 2014 8:09 pm

33 Disinvited

Sorry. You are right. I should not be conjuring up images of the Enterprise brewery!

July 18, 2014 8:24 pm

I don;t think we will see cameos from all the different incarnations of Trek. I really think they should just do a small tribute scene with Shatner and Nimoy. We are seeing Nu Trek characters based on the original characters. So I think for this movie any special appearances should be limited to them

July 18, 2014 8:58 pm

While Paramount is still thinking about greenlighting ST 13, Marvel announced release dates through 2019!

May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man

May 6: Captain America 3
July 8: Doctor Strange

May 5: Untitled
July 27: Untitled
Nov. 3: Untitled

July 6: Untitled
Nov. 2: Untitled

May 3: Untitled

Source: Variety

B Kramer
July 18, 2014 9:49 pm

@35 Welcome A.

July 18, 2014 10:06 pm

OK, on the Five Year Mission, way out there in space. A good start, but after the poor writing of Star Trek Into Disappointment I remain skeptical. Mr. Orci, you have much to prove, if indeed Paramount gives you the job. I want to be optimistic, but the last movie gives me great pause. I have low expectations and I have been a Trek fan since it was running on NBC. Prove me wrong and I will be delighted to sing your praises. Let us down and I believe you will be driving a stake into Trek’s heart. Remember Roddenberry/Coon/Fontana and forget Michael Bay.

July 18, 2014 10:06 pm

“A bit nutty…” is very accurate.

Remember the term fan came from the word fanatic. And well let’s face it, we are nuts.

I mean we love the idea, some delusion, that we are the sole authority of what in this case Star Trek is suppose to be while in reality having a wavering clue as to what it really is.

I’ve seen this not only on Star Trek, but also with Superman Returns and Man of Steel.

Vulcan Soul
July 18, 2014 10:10 pm

#23 After seeing that atrocity of a “re-imagined” ship up there again, all with those hideously oversized “sexed up” nacelles, I say:

Mr. Kirk, blow up this ship!

I am not Herbert
July 18, 2014 10:22 pm

boborci talks a lot of sh*t… and that’s all it is… =(

July 19, 2014 1:03 am

Love that parallel with Spock and why he relates to him, I get what you are saying here.
This reminds me that I always thought that in the fictional reality of trek things like racism and xenophobia probably are a lot similar to our world just instead of discriminating our own kind, here people discriminate non-terran people that are now “the other”. Uhura must have heard some ugly comments about her boyfriend being a vulcan and her choosing a mixed alien instead of a 100% human like her…while on vulcan and among vulcans we clearly saw how discriminated Amanda was and Spock too because one of his parents wasn’t vulcan. I love the scene and the way he said ‘my mother was human and earth is the only home I have left’ in the first movie..I find that part touching and bittersweet but quite symbolic of his emotional arc that here is accelerated compared to the prime reality .

As for the rest… No Nimoy or Shatner or anyone of the old actors making more cameos. They have lived their life, now let these people live theirs. We already have so many characters to develop and limited time to do so, I’d rather not have it used for the old characters I already know. I know what happpened to them but I want to know what happens to these people.

July 19, 2014 1:15 am

PS: ‘nutty’ is most accurate LOL

July 19, 2014 1:45 am

@ 44 Jemini

“We already have so many characters to develop and limited time to do so”

That’s actually a good point I hadn’t considered. Everyone wants more McCoy, but having a big Shatner subplot would make that next to impossible unless the movie was three hours long.

Also, we just had Kirk brought back from the dead in the last movie, having it happen twice in a row would be a bit unimaginative.

July 19, 2014 1:51 am

44. Herbert

Funny. I think that when you are talking. ;-)

July 19, 2014 3:08 am
46. Captain Slow – July 19, 2014 @ 44 Jemini “We already have so many characters to develop and limited time to do so” That’s actually a good point I hadn’t considered. Everyone wants more McCoy, but having a big Shatner subplot would make that next to impossible unless the movie was three hours long. —- yeah, I can see some of the old actors being fine with making a tiny appearance but I doubt Shatner would agree to make a small cameo. He’d want to have the same screentime and ‘importance’ in the plot that Nimoy got in the previous movies too, if not more. I’m not here for that. Also not here for old characters or plots (or even just quotes or situations) being constantly shoehorned in the movie just because it’s the 50th anniversary. Most of the general audience probably just want to see a sequel of the two previous movies they have watched and some closure given to these characters and story, like you expect from any trilogy. If not even a hope that the third movie can be so successful that it opens the door for more movies or inspires new series about these characters (or an alternate version of the others) I never read any of the critics or the more professional reviews asking the writers to bring back the tos characters or old stories. I feel some here ignore the core reason why the first movie was successful and positively embraced by many… Read more »
July 19, 2014 3:44 am

@ 48 Jemini

“He’d want to have the same screentime and ‘importance’ in the plot that Nimoy got in the previous movies too, if not more.”

I don’t have a quote handy, but I seem to recall Shatner said words to that effect in 2008 or so. And I doubt that he would feel any differently now.

The Keeper
July 19, 2014 4:06 am

Let me guess the next adventure. The Klingon’s steal the popsicle Khan and bring him to Talos 4 for much needed rest and relaxation.
The Talosians capture Khan and create a new race of super humans.
Enterprise is attacked in orbit and falls to an almost certain fiery death not before Kirk and Spock race across the ships brewery to save the day.
Mean while Chekov tries to beam out our would be heroes using the transporter but can’t get lock on them because the ship is vibrating too much.
Sulu instead beams to their location to help.
Doctor McCoy finds a tribble for no reason what so ever and uses a transwarp beaming device on them to repopulate Talos 4!