Roberto Orci will boldly go where he has never gone before: The veteran Hollywood screenwriter and producer is set to make his directorial debut on
Orci is writing the story for the new film with newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and for some time had been considered a front-runner to replace
Plot details for the new "Star Trek" movie are unknown. Main cast members including
Orci, 40, is no stranger to the franchise, having co-written the first two films his with longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman. The two recently went their separate ways to focus on solo filmmaking endeavors; prior to that, they co-wrote "Mission: Impossible III,"
While Orci has worked on numerous blockbusters as a writer and producer, he represents a bit of a dice-roll for Paramount as a first-time director taking on such a massive film.