TrekMovie has reported how Star Trek XI co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have sought out fan input for their Transformers Movie script. The LA Times is now reporting that they also used an novel approach to get peer feedback on the script as well. Apparently in May (right before shooting began) they held a ‘brainstorming session’ with a number of other writers to help give the script a final polish. From the article:
Kurtzman and Orci’s dream team included David Ayer ("Training Day," "Harsh Times"), Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball"), stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt ("MADtv"), Jon Hurwitz ("Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), Lona Williams ("Drop Dead Gorgeous"), Jeff Nathanson ("Catch Me If You Can") and Don D. Scott ("Barbershop"). While all of the screenplay’s major elements — structure, plot, characters — were locked down, these writers were asked to double check its logic and help squeeze whatever additional humor they could from potentially comedic moments.
Will we see this approach on Trek XI?
This kind of session is often used for comedies but is not really done with big budget action movies. Orci and Kurtzman certainly are showing an inclusive approach to their writing. The LA Times article quotes a studio executive saying their writers session was a "good sign of their mental health" going on to describe it as a "smart and innovative approach to this kind of material." The pair are now deep into the writing for Star Trek XI. One wonders if they will look for the same fan and peer input on it, let’s hope they do.
read the LA Times article for more