Director Roberto Orci has claimed that Star Trek 3 will be more reminiscent of the original TV series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Orci is replacing JJ Abrams, who directed the first two films, and he has also explained that the next Enterprise adventure will take place in deep space.

Speaking on Geoff Boucher's new Humans From Earth podcast, he said: “In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films - especially the 2009 [Star Trek] - was an origin story.

“It was about them coming together. So they weren't the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.

“So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."

Star Trek 3 is expected to be released in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original series, which debuted on US TV in 1966.