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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci dissolve writing partnership, Orci wants to direct Star Trek 3

20 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Writer Roberto Orci Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

21 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Roberto Orci wants to take the helm of Star Trek 3. This news comes with the announcement that the writer/producer is splitting up with longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman.

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. »

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Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Splitting Up on Bigscreen (Exclusive)

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime writing and producing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are parting ways in their filmmaking endeavors after nearly a decade together. The pair have worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest franchise films including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ two “Transformers” movies, “Mission Impossible III” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” They also collaborated on indie titles such as “Now You See Me” and “People Like Us,” which Kurtzman also directed.

Kurtzman and Orci–who will remain in business together on the TV front–are parting amicably, according to sources, and the split will allow them to pursue separate feature careers as directors. The two still have more than a dozen projects in development, including the next two “Spider-Man” films. It is unclear how those projects will be handled or divided between the two men. Their production company, K/O Paper Products, which they launched in 2009, will most likely be reconfigured »

- Alexandra Cheney and Cynthia Littleton

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Captain Phillips Writer Billy Ray Will Scribe Leonardo DiCaprio And Jonah Hill’s Olympics Drama The Ballad Of Richard Jewell

6 March 2014 1:12 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After being nominated for a Oscar for his nail-biting true tale of modern day piracy, Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray has jumped on board another tense, true-history project - The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a drama about the attempted 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, which currently has Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill attached to star.

In The Ballad of Richard Jewell, based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, Hill will play the titular security guard, who discovered a knapsack bomb during the Olympics and cleared bystanders before it exploded, only to later find himself slandered by the media and named a suspect. DiCaprio is set to play Jewell’s lawyer, who struggled to clear his client’s name during a media firestorm.

DiCaprio and Hill previously worked together on Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, about the wild lifestyle of corrupt »

- Isaac Feldberg

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More directors linked to Masters Of The Universe reboot

12 January 2014 11:01 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 13 Jan 2014 - 07:00

He-Man is heading back to the movies, and a shortlist of possible Masters Of The Universe directors has sprung up...

Plans are still afoot to bring a live action He-Man movie to the big screen, with Columbia Pictures trying to put a new Masters Of The Universe movie together. The project his a problem last October when director Jon M Chu departed the film to go and make G.I. Joe 3 instead. Since then, there's been little word of who will replace him. Until now, anyway.

According to Schmoes Know, there's a shortlist of directors who are on the studio's radar for the project. That said, just because they're on the studio's radar, it doesn't mean the people concerned are pitching for the project themselves. For instance, The Croods' directing pair of Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders are on the list, but they're »

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