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Steven Spielberg is giving Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman his big break as a feature film director. Kurtzman has been tapped to helm Welcome to People, a non-grenre drama he and Orci penned years ago. More details below.
Kurtzman to direct family drama
According to the NY Mag Vulture Blog, Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks are going to put Alex Kurtzman into the director’s chair with Welcome to People. Kurtzman and his writing partner are best known for action and genre projects, but Kurtzman decided to go with an "intimate" family drama that he and Orci wrote six years ago. According to the report, the story is about:
…a struggling twentysomething man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew existed, and her troubled 12-year-old son. Determined to keep the money to solve his own problems, he’s nonetheless fascinated by his unknown kin and makes contact with the two without revealing who he really is.
Kutzman (along with Orci) have been working with Spielberg and Dreamworks for years, including the Transformers movies, Eagle Eye, and the recently announced Locke and Key TV series. Welcome to People will not be Kurtzman’s first time as a director. In 2003 he directed an episode of Alias, JJ Abrams spy TV series.
According to the report casting for Welcome to People will "coalesce quickly", but no word yet on when it is targeted to go into production or be released. For now Kurtzman is working with Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof on the script for the Star Trek sequel, which is due by the end of the year, along with overseeing the production on Cowboys and Aliens, which is currently shooting.