According to a recently announced hiring decision, Star Trek 3 scribe Roberto Orci will not be alone in his writing efforts for the film.While there were rumors about Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (the duo who wrote Thor and X-men First Class) joining Orci, news from earlier this week served to dispel them. Paramount and Skydance Productions have brought in another writing duo, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, for the third film in the rebooted franchise.
If you’re not familiar with those names, you’re certainly not alone. The only credit these two have under their belts is an adaptation of the Boilerplate graphic novel by husband and wife creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. The film rights for the adaptation were optioned by Paramount and J.J. Abrams is set to produce, but otherwise there is not much word about the Boilerplate movie. In other words, McKay and Payne’s sole writing credit has yet to see the light of day.
It’s safe to say I’m slightly concerned that two relatively unknown writers will be the ones responsible for the third movie in such a well-known property. I think this is a very risky move, especially considering the reception of Star Trek Into Darkness. Of course, since we don’t really know anything about McKay and Payne’s talents, it is possible that they could be fantastic writers and the film will be incredible. The main thing that gives me hope is that even though the script has lost Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci is still there as a leading writer on the project. We’ll have to wait some time before we’ll know if this gamble is a success.
What do you guys think of this surprise decision? Does this give you hope for the third movie or does it worry you? Let us know down below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter