Roberto Orci is still at work with co-writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne on the script for the next Star Trek film, slated for 2016. But he has also added a couple of new movie projects as producer to his slate. TrekMovie has confirmed reports that Orci is teaming up with long-time writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman to reboot the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles series as well as The Mummy. More details below.
Orci and Kurtzman Making Monsters For Universal
TrekMovie has independently confirmed reports in The Wrap and Deadline that Universal has aquired the rights to the Vampire Chronicles series from author Anne Rice and that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are attached as producers along with Brian Grazer. Universal has also recently tapped Kurtzman to direct a revitalization of The Mummy series, and Orci is also on board that project as a producer.
News of Orci and Kurtzman’s collaboration on these Universal monster movies has some outlets wondering how this fits with the long-time partners’ recent announcement to work separately on movie projects. For example after collaborating on Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-man 2, Kurtzman is working solo on future Spidey movies, while Orci is focused on the Trek franchise.
TrekMovie has confirmed that this solo work for the pair is related to developing new film projects. The Universal deals for The Mummy and Vampire Chronicles have been in the works for a long time and so Orci and Kurtzman are sticking together for those. Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products production company is also still developing new TV projects, such as the hacker-drama Scorpions coming to CBS this fall.