Paramount announced today that the director of the next Star Trek film will be Roberto Orci. Orci, of course, has served as a writer on previous installments of the series, and is generally considered to be one half of the worst writing team in living memory. At least by me. Between the Transformer films and the politically incoherent second Star Trek and the absolute abomination that is the climax of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Orci is the worst.
Anyway, I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you that Roberto Orci, in addition to being an annoyingly prolific and bad writer of films, is also a 9/11 Truther and, generally speaking, a conspiracy theorist of all stripes. While Orci long ago deleted the Twitter account on which he spewed his various inanities, Devin Faraci has a decent writeup of their general sensibility:
Bob Orci is a huge conspiracy theorist. So huge, in fact, that on his (now deleted) Twitter he calls rational people “coincidence theorists.” As in, “Oh, so you think it’s a coincidence that the fire department commander said they were going to ‘pull it’ just before World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed, despite it having never been hit by a plane?” Orci has in the past taken to his Twitter account to ‘ask questions’ about the official story of the attacks on 9/11, as he fancies himself some sort of free-thinker – free of an understanding of physics, politics or reality, one assumes.
That Truther sensibility wormed its way into Star Trek: Into Darkness, which posited that the Federation is in the business of faking terrorist attacks in order to justify going to war with the Klingons. "Open your eyes, sheeple!" was a line in an early draft of the script, probably. Other "free thinkers" have rallied to his side, approvingly noting that, like Alex Jones, Orci warned after the Boston Marathon Bombing that it was likely a government effort to cripple our freedoms, or some such.
Anyway, I for one am excited for Orci to get his hands on the series. With any luck, he'll let us in on the secret of the Enterprise's chemtrails and the Federation's development of a secret weather weapon. This should be really fun!