But Orci and Kurtzman might also still be writers, I guess? Or perhaps not -- the title of the article says one thing, the second paragraph another. Either way, this sounds like a creative decision and not a studio mandate. http://badassdigest.com/2013/07/22/star-trek-3-is-boldly-going-with-new-writers/ The idea that they'd promote from within their own ranks seems plausible. There's also some rumormongering in there that Abrams might quit Star Wars.