Although Star Trek is currently their focus, the new Star Trek team are still in high demand. First up is director J.J. Abrams who has sold his first network show as part of his Warner Brothers TV deal. According to the Hollywood Reporter ABC has bought a pilot for a one-hour dramedy to be executive produced (along with Abrams and Bryan Burk) by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy). The show, titled Boundaries, centers on a failing cable access shrink who rediscovers her true purpose when she is forced to take a job as a mobile notary. If it gets a series commitment it will be Abrams fifth show for ABC (after Alias, Lost, What About Brian and Six Degrees).
Orci & Kurtzman on Transformers 2
The Star Trek writing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman had previously cited their multiple commitments for choosing not to get on board for the already greenlit sequel to their summer blockbuster Transformers. After the boatloads of money that movie has made, it appears Paramount & DreamWorks were determined to get the entire band back together. According to the Hollywood Reporter the pair are now in talks to rejoin star Shia LaBeouf, director Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producers Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy for the sequel. The only difference this time (and perhaps the lighten the load) is that Orci and Kurtzman will be joined by Ehren Kruger (who recent adapted Stephen King’s The Talisman). The writing team are already working with Kruger on the serial killer movie Nightlife which he is writing and they are producing.
Transformers 2 Robotic Boogaloo (ok I made that up) is tentatively slated for the Summer of 2009. Based on recent comments regarding a commitment to franchises from Viacom’s Chairman it would not be surprising to see Paramount put out Trek movies on the even years and Transformers movies on the odd years for the next decade.
But all this stuff will have to wait, for now the team are deep into Trek with shooting slated to start a month from Friday.