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Maybe it feels like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already came out. Technically, it did last week, as it debuted internationally in theaters across the globe. Those of us in the U.S. still have another week and a half to go, which means Sony Pictures is still promoting the sequel as much as they can. Today, we get a ton of new promo art images and photos from the movie. Seen here are three Wall posters featuring the main villains Goblin, Electro and Rhino, which are available to purchase at Wal-Mart. We also get a handful of new photos featuring Chris Cooper turning a nice shade of green as Norman Osborn, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in what might be her final moments alive. Is she spending them well? Stay tuned after the images for how the recent split between writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci may affect The Amazing Spider-Man 3. »
Here's the thing: whatever the next "Star Trek" film is, it needs to be special since it will be released (most likely) during the 50th anniversary of the original series first making its television premiere. I'm not a Trekkie who believes that the series has to be done one particular way or it's wrong, but I think it's an important overall property for the studio, and I would like to see it treated with a certain degree of respect. I am an unabashed fan of the 2009 film, and the more I've seen it, the more convinced I am that it's pretty close to a perfect way to kick off a brand-new version of a very familiar property. They nod to the original series in a nice way, they reinvent familiar characters, and they made something that had a new flavor that was all its own. The sequel is a problematic »
- Drew McWeeny
El Rey Network has begun production on eight hourlong episodes of Cutting Crew, the network’s first unscripted original series. It has been been set to premiere in the fall. The series centers on award-winning barber Amit Corso and his raucous team at their shop on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where they execute cutting-edge cuts while finding plenty of time to bicker, debate and joke around. Production kickoff comes on the heels of El Rey’s success launching its first original scripted series, From Dusk Till Dawn, which was picked up for a second season last month two weeks after it bowed. (The network’s second scripted series, the Roberto Orci- and Alex Kurtzman-scripted Matador, is in production for a July bow after the World Cup.) Cutting Crew is produced by Big Vida Entertainment for El Rey Network. Sergio Alfaro, Flavio Morales, John Ehrhard and FactoryMade Ventures executive »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Star Trek Into Darkness - UK Film Premiere
For his first directing gig, Roberto Orci wants Stars Trek 3 – an ambitious choice for someone who's never actually helmed a movie before. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have any experience. Orci has worked on numerous films over the past decade. He, along with his longtime partner Alex Kurtzman, have overseen and co-written huge blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mission Impossible III and Star Trek Into Darkness.
According to THR, Orci is lobbying hard for the director's chair on the upcoming thirteenth Star Trek. Attack The Block's Joe Cornish was said to be the front runner, but Orci has the support of Bad Robot on this one. However, Paramount Pictures isn't too keen on the idea of having someone with little directing experience –in this case none– take the job.
And where does Alex Kurtzman fit into all of this? »
- Laura Frances
For his first directing gig, Roberto Orci wants Stars Trek 3 – an ambitious choice for someone who’s never actually helmed a movie before. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any experience. Orci has worked on numerous films over the past decade. He, along with his longtime partner Alex Kurtzman, have overseen and co-written huge blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mission Impossible III and Star Trek Into Darkness.
According to THR, Orci is lobbying hard for the director’s chair on the upcoming thirteenth Star Trek. Attack The Block‘s Joe Cornish was said to be the front runner, but Orci has the support of Bad Robot on this one. However, Paramount Pictures isn’t too keen on the idea of having someone with little directing experience –in this case none– take the job.
And where does Alex Kurtzman fit into all of this? Well, after a decade of working together, »
- Laura Frances
News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:27
News broke late yesterday that long-time writing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are going their separate ways. The pair have been a creative partnership for some time, writing across projects such as Jj Abrams' Star Trek reboots, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers, the Sleepy Hollow TV show and Cowboys & Aliens.
Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Alex Kurtzman is the man that Sony wants to direct one of its Spider-Man spin-off movies, Venom. Kurtzman is also writing the script for the film, which will be his second feature directorial effort after People Like Us.
Whilst Kurtzman and Orci will continue to work together on their television projects, Variety reports that their split on feature films is amicable. »
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been Hollywood’s go-to writing partnership for a raft of major blockbuster pictures over the past decade or so, but the pair are now parting ways to pursue directorial careers. With Kurtzman already having directed 2012’s People Like Us, Orci is now keen to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut, having worked with Kurtzman on the scripts for the previous two films. Variety reports that Orci has been lobbying hard to step into Abrams’ shoes, with Abrams himself a firm advocate of his talents....
- George Wales
Photo: Art StreiberAfter writing as a unit for more than a decade and turning into something of a production company powerhouse/hive mind, Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have decided to call it quits. No, snark fans, they’re not quitting the biz but merely focusing on separate film projects, which in Kurtzman’s case means negotiating to direct Amazing Spider-spin-off Venom and in Orci’s, lobbying to sit in the big chair for Star Trek 3.The directorial news is not that surprising. Kurtzman, after all, already has one credit under his belt with indie People Like Us and both have worked on more than enough huge movies to learn a thing or two. But while we can see Sony handing the lower-risk Venom on to a relative newcomer in the director’s chair, it might be a harder sell for Paramount to pull a Starfleet »
Whether or not you like their stuff, you can’t deny the success of Roberto Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman. They are responsible for the likes of the first two Transformers movies, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III and most recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Combined; their works have pulled in billions of dollars. And now, the writing duo have decided to go their separate ways. Both writers are making the shift into directing, and while Kurtzman has already one movie in his resume, (he directed People Like Us) Orci is lobbying hard to get his ass on the directors chair for Star Trek 3. With J.J. Abrams in a galaxy far, far away and Joe Cornish deciding to do something else instead of getting involved in the middle of a franchise, Orci isn’t necessarily a sure thing. While Abrams has given his blessing, »
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We typically don't cover Hollywood breakups, but this particular one warrants a mention: prolific screenwriting duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are calling it quits together. Professionally speaking, at least. They may well still be friends, and are apparently going to continue to work on their already established TV series together (Hawaii Five-0 and Sleepy Hollow), but they will now be going their separate ways when it comes to big-screen work. This is kind of a big deal because they've been the biggest screenwriting and producing duo in the business for quite a while now. Together they've either written or produced The Island, Legend of Zorro, Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers: Revenge...
- Peter Hall
For the last decade or so, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's writing partnership has been one of the most lucrative in Hollywood, with a track record that includes two Transformers movies, both Star Trek movies, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Variety reports they are amicably going their separate ways as writers, so they can individually pursue directing projects. According to Variety, Kurtzman is working on a deal to oversee Universal's classic monster movies and Orci is pushing hard for Star Trek 3 (a.k.a. Star Tr3k), now that J.J. Abrams has moved on to Star Wars. Orci even has Abrams's vote for the gig, but Paramount is being cautious. Orci is already attached to the Spider-Man spinoff Venom, so if things work out, in a few years, he'll be able to compete with Abrams for the title of King of the Nerds. »
- Jesse David Fox
Say it isn’t so! One of the most popular duos is splitting up! This time, it’s not a Hollywood marriage, it’s a writing team. It’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writing duo that is behind some of the biggest tentpole movies today. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the split is amicable and had been in the works for a while, since the two writers have been working on other separate franchises. Orci is still in the world of the “Star Trek” franchise and is also in loose talks to direct the third film–no negotiations have happened, but Orci has director J.J. Abrams’ blessing. Abrams, of course, is directing the [ Read More ]
When it comes to blockbuster filmmaking, writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have seemingly always come together as a package deal. First working together in the late 1990s as writers on the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, they took their act to the big screen in 2005 with Michael Bay's The Island and have been Hollywood mainstays for big-budget summer action ever since. But now it appears that their partnership in features is coming to an end. Variety is reporting news that Kurtzman and Orci are "parting amicably" and will be moving forward in different directions with their future feature efforts. The cause for the split is that both filmmakers want to start pursuing different directing opportunities. Kurtzman has already made his directorial debut, having helmed the family drama People Like Us, and he is currently attached to make the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off movie Venom. Orci, meanwhile, is »
Variety reports that Orci is actively pursuing the directing gig on the new movie and has the full backing of Bad Robot, however the studio and financial backers Paramount Pictures are not entirely sold on the idea of handing out the job to someone with no directorial credits to his name.
Orci was of course a massive part of the creative team for the rebooted Trek franchise. He co-wrote the scripts with his long-time partner Alex Kurtzman, a duo also responsible for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Mission Impossible III and two of the Transformers films. With Kurtzman already set to direct Sony’s Venom spin-off, Orci looks to have now caught the bug of wanting »
- Matt Holmes
As you know, since J.J. Abrams took on directing duties for Star Wars: Episode VII he will not be coming back to direct Star Trek 3. Paramount Pictures has been looking to find a director to take his place, and over the year we've seen names such as G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu and Attack the Block director Joe Cornish as potential replacements. We now have word from THR that Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci is in talks to direct it.
This all comes along with the news that Orci and his long time writing partner Alex Kurtzman will be splitting up as a movie team. They've worked not only on the Star Trek films, but also the Transformers franchise and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The reason for the split is that they are just too busy working on their individual film projects now. Kurtzman is currently writing Venom »
- Joey Paur
The busiest writing duo in Hollywood is set to part ways – with the news that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are splitting, amicably, in order to pursue individual projects as feature film directors. Founders of the K/O Paper Products production house, Orci and Kurtzman have been instrumental in writing and developing a number of fan-favorite big and small screen projects including: Transformers, Fringe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (as well as the planned Venom spin-off movie), Alias, and Sleepy Hollow, among many others.
Still, one of their most celebrated (and divisive) efforts was the 2009 soft “reboot” of the Star Trek film series, in collaboration with director J.J. Abrams. While die-hard fans remain mixed on certain aspects ...
- Ben Kendrick
Variety is reporting that screenwriters and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have decided to go their separate ways, having spent the best part of the last decade collaborating on the likes of Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Edge of Tomorrow and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The duo still have several projects in development, including a reboot of The Mummy, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and its spin-off Venom, the latter of which Kurtzman is set to direct. In fact, it’s said that the split is amicable and designed to allow the duo to concentrate on directing, with Orci apparently keen to make his debut by taking over from J.J. Abrams on Star Trek 3.
Orci reportedly has support from the film’s co-producers Bad Robot and Skydance, but Paramount are said to be cautious about his appointment. Presumably that »
- Gary Collinson
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will not work on film projects together in the future as each of them will pursue directing careers, a spokeswoman for the two told TheWrap. Kurtzman and Orci have collaborated on many of Hollywood's biggest summer movies over the years — including Paramount's “Star Trek” franchise, the first two “Transformers” films and “Mission: Impossible III” — as well as Sony's upcoming “Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Frequent collaborators with J.J. Abrams, the two have a long track record of making commercial genre movies. Also read: Summer Movies Forecast: Can Spider-Man, Transformers and Godzilla Smash Records? Yet both of them have been looking to. »
- Phil Pirrello
The two have worked together for nearly a decade, writing and producing such blockbusters as the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers, Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek Into Darkness. They also collaborated on smaller projects such as Now You See Me and People Like Us, the later of which was directed by Alex Kurtzman and starred Chris Pine.
They will continue to collaborate on the TV side of things, with their split an amicable one. The decision to part ways comes as both men want to pursue a directing career. They both have over a dozen projects in development, including The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and its unclear how these upcoming movies will be divided between them. »
The pair got started writing on TV with "Hercules" and "Alias" before transitioning to film a decade ago. On screen they've mostly been known for their collaborations with J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay.
While most of the films they have written have been big box-office winners, quality wise they've varied considerably. Their strongest work to date has included the "Star Trek" reboot, the first "Transformers," and TV series like "Fringe" and "Sleepy Hollow".
They also penned "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Island," "Cowboys and Aliens," "The Legend of Zorro," "Mission Impossible III" and served as producers on movies like "Now You See Me," "Eagle Eye," "The Proposal" and "Ender's Game".
The parting is said to be amicable and the TV side of their production company K/O Paper Products will remain intact. »
- Garth Franklin
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