With former director J.J. Abrams now fully immersed in his role as director of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, his production company Bad Robot has begun the search for helmer to take charge of the freshly rebooted Star Trek movie franchise.
It's claimed that Robert Orci is the front runner, with the writer putting in some stellar work on the Abrams' two movies in the series. Given the fact that he's already been heavily involved in the projects, it seems that he could well be the right man for the job, potentially meaning that any awkward transition period to a new man could be avoided.
Website Deadline claims that Orci has already entered official talks with producers to change his role from writer to director, but there hasn't been any confirmation on that from either party. Rumours suggest that it's not just Bad Robot pushing Paramount to make the appointment, with co-producer Skydance Productions also completely behind the idea.
The third part in the new Star Wars series is tentatively pencilled in for release in 2016, although no specific window has yet been announced by Paramount.