It has been a busy week for Star Trek writer/exec producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Firstly Alex talked about Star Trek over the weekend at a film festival. Plus last week they signed a new big TV deal with Fox, and today they cast an actor from Lost (and Trek) for their Hawaii Five-0 remake. Details on all of that, plus their Razzie nomination and you can watch them in a short film about robots. [UPDATED]
Kurtzman talks Nimoy’s last gunfight at SBIFF
Alex Kurtzman (flying solo) participated in a writer’s "It Starts with a Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival over the weekend. There is a brief report available at incontention.com noting that Alex retold the story of the meeting when he and Bob pitched Star Trek to Leonard Nimoy, but he added an interesting detail. Here is the excerpt:
Kurtzman told a touching story (that he may have told elsewhere, I can’t recall) about when he and the filmmakers behind “Star Trek” approached Leonard Nimoy about reprising the role that has become synonymous with his name. Nimoy’s autobiography being titled “I Am Not Spock” made the task feel even more daunting, but as Nimoy listened to their plan, tears started to well up. “He said, ‘You have to understand, this is quite emotional for me,’” Kurtzman recalled. “And then it occurred to us we were asking a gunslinger to strap on his guns one last time.”
Kurtzman talks "Star Trek" at SBIFF (Getty)
Orci and Kurtzman hire Lost’s (and Trek’s) Kim for Hawaii 5-0 remake
Last year we reported that Bob and Alex are producing a remake of the 70s cop show Hawaii Five-0, for CBS. Today news of the first casting has been reported. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Dae Kim, a regular on the Abrams/Lindelof show Lost, has been cast as the new Detective Chin Ho Kelly. Kim also has a Trek connection, having appeared in the Voyager episode "Blink of an Eye", as well as a recurring role as MACO Corporal Chang in the third season of Enterprise. THR also reports that Moonlight’s Alex O’Loughlin is in talks for the new Steve McGarrett, but has the role has not yet been cast.
UPDATE: O’Loughlin has been cast as McGarrett
Kim on "Voyager" and "Enterprise" – now headed to "Hawaii Five-0"
O & K sign multi-year TV deal at Fox + to consult on new CGI Transformers cartoon
In other biz news for Orci and Kurtzman, last week the pair signed a three-year deal to develop TV series for 20th Century Fox (they already have a film production deal with Dreamworks). The new deal calls for the pair to put together a new TV production company under the Fox umbrella where they will produce (and write) new projects and work with other writers. 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden said of the deal "Our ideal producers are like Alex and Bob, who are incredibly versatile and talent magnets for their peers in the writing community, for actors and directors."
The THR article also revealed that Orci and Kurtzman will serve as consulting producers on the new CGI cartoon Transformers: Prime which will air on the new Hasbro/Discovery channel the Hub. [THR]
Bob and Alex nominated for Razzie + Will they go?
And some lighter news, last week Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were given the ‘honor’ of a nomination for the Razzie Award for ‘Worst Screenplay’ for mega-blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The film actually picked up a total of seven ‘Razzie’ nominations, including Worst Picture. I haven’t checked, but there cant be too many writers who garnered a WGA nomination (which they got for Star Trek) and a Razzie nomination in the same year. Bob seems to be taking it all in with good humor. On Friday he made the following comment here at TrekMovie:
BobOrci: Should we go collect our Razzie in person?
Bob and Alex talk robots in new Honda Short film
Speaking of robots, Bob and Alex can bee seen in a new short film just put online at Honda.com. We previously reported on the pair talking about Star Trek in another short film called "Racing Against Time." The new film "Living with Robots" (below) is another short film in Honda’s Dream the Impossible series.