At a writers workshop held in Santa Monica on Thursday, Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman said that he and writing partner Roberto Orci are writing on a new TV pilot with JJ Abrams. The three worked together in TV before on the show Alias and it would be the writers first time back on TV since that show ended. Abrams has a multi-million dollar TV production deal with Warner Brothers, but so far has only announced one show for HBO (a medical drama). After the event Roberto Orci told TrekMovie that it was not a Star Trek show and that they still don’t know if the show is for network TV, HBO or cable. He did say it will probably have some sci-fi/genre elements (kind of like Lost and Alias have some genre elements but are not ‘spaceship scifi’), but they are still working out the details. If the show follows the usual pilot season schedule then it wouldn’t really kick into production until Spring of 2008, which would be after Star Trek enters its post production phase.
Orci & Kurtzman also said they are working on a live action film adaptation of the ‘Cowboys and Aliens‘ graphic novel series for Dreamworks. Variety is reporting they will be producing, but not writing for that project. They will be working with Brian Glazer and Ron Howard (Abrams is not part of the C&A project). Orci didn’t provide any details except to joke "well it’s about cowboys…and aliens."
Back in February we ran a few articles regarding JJ Abrams and the ‘will he wont he’ direct the new Star Trek movie rumors. At the time there was some confusion over the "Dark Tower" project as well as a project called "Cloverfiled." TrekMovie.com confirmed Cloverfield was a horror project and part of Abrams mutli-picture deal with Paramount. Now AICN is reporting that Cloverfield is "a giant monster movie featuring something called ‘The Parasite.’" Apparently there will actually be a trailer for the film some time this summer. It isn’t clear how what Abrams involvement in th project is, but it is likely just producing. The film is said to be a ‘small picture’ using an innovative technique "using home video cameras as if from the point of view of real people who are experiencing an attack on New York."
We will keep track of both of these projects.
Orci and Kurtzman did speak a bit about how they approached the Star Trek script at the workshop, expect a report on that later Friday