Next weekend Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will likely have their second hit of the season. The pair are doing a lot of press, including a press conference on Friday, and of course they are getting Star Trek sequel questions. Below are excerpts on the latest from the writers on the next Trek
Bob and Alex sill debating – talked connecting next two movies
At the press conference Orci was quoted (by HitFix) stating:
We literally have not started to break story yet. We are just getting through all this [‘Transformers’ press] and then figuring out what we are doing next. We have had one ten-minute conversation the other day, but that is it.
But apparently they did cover some ground in that 10 minute convo. Collider also talked to the pair at the event and they said Paramount wanted to make the film "as soon as possible" and they were debating the two kinds of possible plots, specifically Orci stated
exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary or the villain model. That’s an active discussion we’re having right now. In terms of thinking about more than one movie, we want the movie to be self-contained in a way, but we’re discussing the idea of having a couple of threads where if the second movie works, you could pick up into a cohesive whole.
Specifically Orci cited the example of Spock giving his katra to McCoy in Star Trek II and how that paid off in Star Trek III.
Star Trek II katra download leading to Star Trek III upload inspires Orci & Kutrzman to think long term
To Khan or not to Khan
Orci also talked to our friend Ed Gross who has an audio clip up at ComicBookMovie, who asked him specifically about Khan, with Bob noting it is "obviously tempting" to use Khan again, and noted what a great villain he is, in the same pantheon as Darth Vader. However, Bob also noted that there are risks of going back to Khan saying they are "of two minds" and asked "why take the chance?"
The Boys of Summer? – KO Envy?
With writing credits on Star Trek and Transformers 2, plus exec producer credits on this weekend’s The Proposal, Bob and Alex are having a big summer. Today on the popular industry blog Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood, there is a post called "I Feel Your Pain Over Orci & Kurtzman" Apparently the boys ability to get more work than can be listed is causing some to get a little green. From the blog:
We all know that Hollywood envies others’ success. So if Michael Bay can have a Hate Club, maybe Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci should, too. That’s because, whenever I mention their names to bigtime screenwriters and producers who can’t get anything going now, a lot of teeth-gnashing and profanity-spewing ensues.
You know you have made it, when they form the hate club.