With Fringe and their new movie Eagle Eye, the Star Trek co-writing team are everywhere these days promoting their new projects. In a couple of new interviews Trek comes up with some news on the trailer, the themes of the film and even some talk about the TrekMovie community.
Trek trailer before Christmas
Last month TrekMovie reported that the first theatrical trailer for Star Trek would be out by the end of the year, and Orci confirmed this in the final part of his and Kurtzman’s interview with IESB saying he "thinks" the trailer should be out "before Christmas." But Kurtzman noted that "they are still debating the date." The pair dismissed rumors that the Trek trailer would be attached to their film Eagle Eye (opening this weekend) as well as the rumor that the Transformers 2 trailer would be held all the way until next May’s release of Star Trek.
Orci also talked about common themes between Eagle Eye and their other projects.
Orci: …a lot of our work has the theme of what is the balance between technology and humanity. Fringe in a way is about that, Transformers in a way is about that, Star Trek is about that, so that theme keeps bringing us back.
Trek is about family + TrekMovie.com community funky?
The pair also talked to the Hollywood Reporter about their various prjects and of course Trek came up as well (and Bob also talked about his time chatting here on TrekMovie.com)
THR: With "Transformers," your emotional through-line was "a boy and his car," and with "M:I-3" it was "Marriage: Impossible." What was your mantra for "Trek"?
Orci: For "Trek," it’s how a family comes together. And then more specifically, the story of two brothers, Kirk and Spock. It’s the first time Alex and I got to really write about our friendship, in a way. So that was a big inspiration for us — the coming together of opposites in a partnership that takes you to places you can’t even believe. I mean, that’s us.
THR: Have you had any funky interactions with Trekkies since you got this job?
Orci: Only online. And not funky. You know: passionate, informed (laughs), emotional. Nothing that’s made us uncomfortable. But someone on one of the chat boards mentioned that it looks like I was gaining a little weight and I should stay off the doughnuts. So that’s the only thing that I’ve had to contend with. But you know, that’s the price.
Note: the ‘Orci gaining weight’ comment came from Janice a month ago in another Orci/Kurtzman article, thanks Janice.
Orci on the partnership
Orci and Kurtzman have an enduring Hollywood partnership going back to their beginnings as screenwriters. Bob even calls Alex ‘his first wife.’ In yet another interview with Extra, Orci talks about why the relationship works.
Extra: What do you think has made your writing partnership with Kurtzman so successful?
Orci: Well, we met in high school and we said, ‘Hey, let’s team up.’ We both realized we were really big fans of movies. When I met Alex, I found out that he had lived in México City where I was born and he remembered a lot of the places I remembered. We had a lot in common. We hit it off immediately. It was like we formed a band and stayed together. And I’ve anointed him as an honorary Hispanic.
Extra: Is there a leader in your band or do you switch off?
Orci: It depends on the day. Sometimes one of us has writer’s block and the other one gets him through it. As long as we both don’t have writer’s block on the same day, we’re usually okay.