In yet another interview for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman opine on the differences between working on Trek and Transformers fans and what could be next in the Star Trek sequel. We have excerpts below, plus details on a new project for Bob and Alex. .
Bob and Alex on Trek v Transformers & Trek’s Prime universe
Excerpts from AMC.com
AMC: Do you write a screenplay differently for a director like Michael Bay than you would for J.J. Abrams?
Alex Kurtzman: Absolutely.
Bob Orci: It’s half that, and half you’re writing to what the franchise is. We’re not writing big because it’s Michael Bay; Michael Bay is right for Transformers.
Alex Kurtzman: With a director like Michael, who’s extremely specific about what he does and does not like to do, our job is to backstop him to a large degree and keep on him about plot and logic and emotion. We very rarely get resistance on that. He has such an innate understanding of what audiences want to see — where he’ll push back is if he thinks logic is somehow overriding the fun for the audience.
Bob Orci: You’ve gotta have a pretty damn good reason to tell him why he’s gotta lose one of his awesome sequences.
AMC: Did you learn anything from writing Transformers 2 that’s been helpful in formulating Trek 2?
Alex Kurtzman: They’re so different. You’re putting on a different hat. And the choices that you make in Transformers with Michael as the director versus Star Trek with J.J. couldn’t be more 180 degrees in the opposite direction. So I don’t know that for me there’s a natural corollary between them.
On going back into the prime universe for Trek
AMC: Would you ever again want to draw characters from the "Prime" universe in the sequel, like you did for Spock?
Bob Orci: We can’t be done with it completely. But I would start with what’s happening to the crew now, and if that became a great thing organic to the momentum of where the first movie is going, then maybe. Anything is possible right now. That’s really the juice and the curse of this path.
More on Trek, Transformers and Fringe from Bob and Alex at AMCtv.com.
Orci and Kurtzman now have a ‘License to Steal’
Looks like we can add another high profile Paramount project to the Orci and Kurtzman plate. Variety reports that the pair have inked a deal to produce "License to Steal", an action-comedy based on a recent Salon.com article about high end repo men. The script will be written by Shane Salerno (AVPR).
Transformers 2 = ginormous global hit
Speaking of Bob and Alex and business, their latest movie, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is making money faster than any film since The Dark Knight. Based on estimates, the film did $112M domestically this weekend, with even more overseas. Variety and Box Office Mojo estimate Transformers 2 five-day global total sales at $387.3M. By contrast, Star Trek just hit around $370M this weekend (Star Trek still had a good hold for the weekend, estimated to come in at 8th place). When the final numbers come in we will have more analysis of Star Trek’s eighth weekend. But bottom line is that Transformers Revenge of the Fallen is on track to be even bigger than its predecessor (Transformers, which made over $700M worldwide in 2007).