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There's a new captain guiding the Enterprise, folks. When Abrams left for Wars-ier pastures, industry folks instantly started assuming that a member of his creative team would take over. Those assumptions started gathering credibility when word hit the street that Roberto Orci- a member of said team- was now campaigning for the job. The writer began the process of preparing to take the next step up in his career a few weeks ago, when it was announced that he was going solo. While his name had become synonymous as the other half of "Kurtzman & ____," the two announced a conscious uncoupling so that they may spread their wings and pursue new ventures.
Variety is now reporting that Orci has, indeed, landed the directing job for Star Trek III. He's also working on the story for the third film in the rebooted, Abrams-produced Trek franchise, along with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
05.13.2014 Update: Yep, looks like it's happening. Orci is now in negotiations to direct. “We always try to approach these big action movies from a place of: Could you remove the robots and the spaceships and aliens and whatever it is and take that character story and make an independent film out of that little story?” Roberto Orci told The Los Angeles Times in 2009. “If you can and then you sprinkle back in the giant robots, you have something very unique.” Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman have co-written some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters in recent years, including “The Legend Of Zorro,” “Mission: Impossible III," “Cowboys & Aliens,” two of the “Transformers” movies, both of the “Star Trek” films directed by J.J. Abrams, and most recently, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” And it’s very debatable whether they’ve achieved that indie film principal in any of the aforementioned blockbusters. In fact, »
- Edward Davis
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
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.
Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.
This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »
- Kellvin Chavez
If you’re someone who believes that Hollywood isn’t coming up with anywhere near enough new and original ideas, then you may want to turn away now!
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are already producing a reboot of the Men in Black franchise, but Sony have now enlisted them to oversee a remake of Zorro as well. The iconic character obviously has a long history in all forms of media, but his last big screen outing was 2005′s The Legend of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas in the title role.
According to Deadline, playwright Chris Boal has signed a deal to pen the screenplay, and the the plan is for Zorro to be less of a traditional swashbuckler in order for there to be a bigger focus on “a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core.”
The site goes on to add that, »
- Josh Wilding
While Sony’s The Mask of Zorro was a huge success back in 1998 – and is largely considered to be a great action movie to this day – its 2005 followup, The Legend of Zorro, made significantly less money and was pretty much universally panned (perhaps it’s no coincidence that the first film was wall-to-wall stunt-work and the second film depended more heavily on CGI).In the time since, Zorro’s modern-day counterpart, Batman, has enjoyed incredible cinematic success – box office, reviews, you name it – at the hands of Christopher Nolan, and is set to make a return to the big screen with Batman vs. ...
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- Ben Moore
The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.
In today’s day and age, movie franchise reboots are a dime a dozen. Some successfully introduce characters to a new generation, while the rest go back on the shelf and await their next reboot. Zorro was one of those characters, after coming back from the dead in 1998′s The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas in the titular role, and its sequel, 2005′s The Legend of Zorro. The first film grossed $250 million worldwide and earned an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The follow-up made only $142 million and fared far worse with critics, landing a sad 26%.
Thus, the franchise was put aside and placed on Sony’s reboot list, though it apparently has been a priority “for some time.” Now that it’s been nearly ten years since Zorro was last in theaters, the studio is moving forward with the reboot and has hired Chris Boal to pen the screenplay. Boal is relatively new to the business, »
- James Garcia
Martin Campbell has signed on to direct the ABC drama pilot “Warriors.”
Project revolves around a group of military doctors and nurses at a facility inspired by the cutting-edge work done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Campbell’s known for helming Bond pics “Goldeneye” and “Casino Royale,” along with 2011′s “Green Lantern” and 2005′s “The Legend of Zorro.” His previous TV pilot directing jobs have included recent ABC dramas “Killer Women” and “The Last Resort.”
- Cynthia Littleton
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