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'Star Trek 3': Roberto Orci talks deep space missions and original series

Roberto Orci is about to go where no man has ever gone before. On June 28 Variety reported that Roberto Orci, who is directing the third "Star Trek" film, will be following the original show and having the film take place in deep space away from Earth. The second film in the franchise ended with the ship heading off into deep space, but this is the first confirmation that the film will be venturing into new territory.

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At the end of the second film, the USS Enterprise headed off on a five year mission for Starfleet to explore deep space. Orci, who has been involved with the rebooted film series since the start, will write a story that will not include Earth or the San Francisco area unlike the previous two films. J.J. Abrams directed the first two films and the third installment will be Orci's directorial debut.

The first film, released in 2009, was the origin story to set up how Captain James Kirk got into Starfleet and found the USS Enterprise. The second film, "Star Trek Into Darkness," was released in 2013 and focused on Kirk gaining command of the vessel after Admiral Pike. Orci co-wrote the scripts for the first two films and is also working on the third film script.

MTV revealed on June 27 that there are a handful of villains that could make appearances in the new film. The Klingons are an obvious choice after the events of the second film, but the franchise exists in an alternate universe and the usual bad guys have already been features heavily. If the new film is trying to be more like the original show, then they might go with a new enemy that fans won't expect.

The Romulans are another popular choice although they have also been used in the new series, because they are still wandering the galaxy somewhere and are likely in deep space. Orci has mentioned The Gorn as a possible villain and a favorite of his. The lizard killers would be the first non-human baddies on the series, but they do feature in the video game that follows the story after each new film has been released.

Another possible choice is The Borg, a cyborg race that lives in deep space. These villains are also the most recognizable by fans after Khan, who was played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the second film. The third film will want a popular villain, since the film's release will be the fiftieth anniversary of the original series.

"Star Trek 3" is scheduled to be released in 2016, will filming set for late 2014 and early 2015. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and many of the other cast members are expected to return, and it's possible that a new villain will emerge from deep space. The franchise is expected to contain several more films after the third.

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