Co-writer and director of Star Trek 3, Roberto Orci, has completed the first draft of the script for the highly anticipated sequel. Orci confirmed the news with Trek Movie. He wrote the script with Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, and he's hoping to start production on the film in spring of 2015. The script will go through several rewrites and revisions before it goes in front of cameras, but I trust that Orci and his team are going to deliver another entertaining film for the fans.
For those of you who still aren't sure about Orci taking over the directing duties, Simon Pegg had this to say in an interview with the BBC:
"Bob's been there since the first Star Trek - by that I mean the 2009 one - so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it. He was always the most Trekkie of all of those guys anyway. He's always understood the story the best, so it's great that he's going to be involved in the writing and directing."
J.J. Abrams is still producing the movie, but can't direct because he's busy with Star Wars: Episode VII.
There's no official timeframe announced for Star Trek 3 film yet, but it will most likely hit theaters in 2016, just in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.