Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are hot stuff these days. They have multiple big projects in the works from Transformers 2 to Eagle Eye to Fringe to a little thing called Star Trek. Which is why Entertainment Weekly’s new exclusive interview titled: “‘Star Trek’ Scribes: What Indiana Jones Means To Us” is a bit of a ‘WTF?’ But it turns out the pair are also huge Indy fans (as is TrekMovie.com…so deal with it). Kurtzman has even taught his two year-old son the Raiders theme.
EW has a special issue this week with all sorts of stuff about the new Indy movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So the interview with Orci and Kurtzman is really for insights from Hollywood’s hottest nerds on how the Indy series has influenced them and the entire genre to this day….here are a couple of the more interesting excerpts:
Kurtzman on the ‘Ark scene’ in Raiders:
I also think that the Ark represented that amazingly fine line that the movie is walking between reality and magic, and how it manages to hold the perfect balance between those two things is really a tonal miracle. Raiders defined something that we’ve been chasing forever. It was such a major motivator in our falling in love with genre and understanding that you could tell a story that was emotional and funny and scary and adventurous all in one go. You want people [watching your films] to feel like you felt as a kid watching that movie. That’s the dream.
Orci on the special appeal of the character of Indiana Jones
He could actually feel pain and was afraid and screamed when he got hurt. That is not an intuitive choice when you’re thinking of the classic hero.
Both on if the Indiana Jones films have ‘seeped into’ their own work:
ORCI: Subconsciously? We’ve been in meetings with Spielberg where we’re like, ”Listen, at the risk of analyzing your own work back to you, this is kind of like, you know, the Staff of Ra.” And he’s like, ”Oh, that’s fine, that’s fine. I always steal from myself. Feel free. Let’s talk about it.” And we’ll use his own movies as examples of what we’re doing in ours, so it’s not subliminal.
KURTZMAN: Let’s just call it what it is: We rip it off as much as is humanly possible, at every turn. Everything we felt that worked in those movies, we try and steal.
ORCI: With his help.
For more from Orci and Kurtzman on Indy (and just Indy), check out EW.com Although not Trek, you may learn something about how the pair view the genre and Indy’s influence. Maybe if they are let out of ‘Michael Bay jail,’ Bob will drop by and tell us if there are any Indy influences on the Trek script.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is Paramount’s big May movie for 2008…and a year later Paramount rolls out Orci and Kurtzman’s Star Trek (and Transformers 2 six weeks after that). More at the official site.
If you haven’t seen it, here is the trailer:
UPDATE: Can Orci & Kurtzman type faster than a speeding bullet?
IESB is reporting a rumor that the busy Trek scribes may be adding Superman to their resume. According to IESB they have had “several meetings” regarding Bryan Singer’s follow-up film to Superman Returns. It would be ironic as Singer (a big Trek fan) has described the film as “the Wrath of Khan” of his Superman franchise, meaning it would be more action packed (and lower cost) than his first entry.