Today there are a couple updates on what members of the Star Trek team are doing outside Star Trek (with Steven Spielberg). Trek co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are working with Steven Spielberg to bring Joe Hill’s "Locke & Key" IDW comic series to the small screen. Plus we have an update on JJ Abrams Super 8, including video of creature artist Neville Page talked Super 8 (and Star Trek).
Orci & Kurtzman to bring Lock & Key to TV
Previously, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci had been reported to be looking IDW’s"Locke and Key" comic book series by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) and Gabriel Rodriguez to translate it to the big screen. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg is now working with Orci and Kurtzman on bringing the series to the small screen through 20th Century Fox TV. Vulture also reports that Josh Friendman from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will also be a producer on the project.
The "Locke & Key" comic book series began in 2008, and tells the story of a family who, after the brutal killing of their father, retreat to their family estate in a small village in Massachusetts named Lovecraft. The estate is a large house with many locked doors that can access different worlds and present special powers. At the same time, the killer is being influenced by a supernatural force urging him to head to Lovecraft to finish the job.
Here is a trailer about IDW’s Locke & Key to give you a better idea what it is all about:
Abrams starts shooting ‘Super 8’ next month + Neville Page talks Trek & Super 8
Orci and Kurtzman aren’t the only members of the Trek team who are working with Steven Spielberg. JJ Abrams is about to direct his first feature film since Star Trek. According to Production Weekly, Abrams will begin filming his mysterious Super 8 film (which he is co-producing with Spielberg) in late September 2010 in Weirton, West Virginia. It has also been confirmed that the codename for the film is "Darlings" and WV Gazette reports on a message sent to residents of Weirton:.
Residents in Weirton Heights got letters informing them Paramount Pictures plans to shoot a movie called “Darlings” in their neighborhood. It revolves around a 14-year-old boy and is set in a steel town in 1979.
Filming is expected to go until the end of the year (which is just about when Abrams will be getting that script for the Star Trek sequel from his writing team).
In other Super 8 news, Star Trek (and Avatar and Tron) designer Neville Page has confirmed he has joined the project. Wired has video of the designer talking about the project (and a bit about Star Trek as well).
The Abrams/Spielberg co-produced Super 8 is slated to be released in the summer of 2011.