In the world of modern blockbuster franchises, it's scary just how many writer/producer Roberto Orci has had a hand in. It all began back in 2005 when he co-wrote the script and developed the story for the sequel The Legend of Zorro, and since then he has had credits in series like Mission: Impossible, Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. In all that time, Orci hasn't had any troubles with conflict of interest or anything like that, even though he's worked for multiple studios. Now his plate has become just a little bit too full, however, and now he's been forced to make a choice between two of his biggest upcoming projects: the untitled Star Trek 3 and the new in-development Power Rangers movie.

Apparently a decision has already been made by the filmmaker, and Deadline is now reporting that Roberto Orci has dropped Power Rangers from his slate so that he can instead focus on the next adventure for the crew of the Enterprise. Orci had been attached to the film since July, at which time he was brought on as an Executive Producer to oversee the work that was being done by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the X-Men: First Class scribes who had been hired to pen the screenplay for the movie. The conflict between Power Rangers and Star Trek 3 is caused by the fact that the former title is set to come out on July 22, 2016 and the latter has been lightly penciled in for the same season (in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek). Orci apparently doesn't have the time to commit himself fully to both, so he's decided to drop one.

Just thinking about it logically, it's perfectly understandable that Orci would choose Star Trek 3 over Power Rangers, if not just because his role on Star Trek is so much bigger. Though he doesn't actually have any directing credits on his resume (even for any of the television shows he has written for, created, or produced), Orci has been hired by Paramount Pictures as the director of Star Trek 3 - which obviously makes his role kind of important. You also can't completely discount his history with the sci-fi franchise, as he has been a big part of that series since J.J. Abrams rebooted it back in 2009.

It's not entirely clear how Power Rangers will be affected by the loss of Roberto Orci, but for now things are just moving forward and Ashely Miller and Zack Stentz are both continuing to work on the script. Deadline describes the new movie as a "modern reinvention" of the franchise that sees a group of high school students attain extraterrestrial powers and use them to help defend the world from evil.

Are you happy that Roberto Orci has moved on from Power Rangers, or do you wish that he had chosen that property over Star Trek 3? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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