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Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

Anne Rice's 'Tale Of The Body Thief' Getting The Big Screen Treatment By Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 8, 2012 9:38 AM
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Audiences can’t seem to get enough of their tawdry vampire love sagas nowadays, and while more than enough has been said about “The Twilight Saga,” there’s also “True Blood,” "Vampire Diaries," the “Underworld” movies, and about a dozen upcoming projects chronicling these creatures of the night. Though long before Stephenie Meyers or Alan Ball sunk their teeth into vampire lore, author Anne Rice pretty much had the monopoly on all things fanged in popular culture throughout the late-‘80s and ‘90s.

Gavin Hood Picks 'Hugo' Star Asa Butterfield To Headline Adaptation Of 'Ender's Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 7:51 PM
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Casting is always a difficult proposition, but doubly so when it comes to finding an actor or actress on the younger end of the scale; picking a fledgling young star who doesn't come across as being too precious, while still being able to sell potentially difficult material. And it's triply difficult when you're working from well-established material, with all the preconceived notions that might be in place for an audience. These are the difficulties that director Gavin Hood has been faced with for his new film, "Ender's Game."

Damon Lindelof Penning Super-Secret Sci-Fi Thriller For Disney

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 9, 2011 9:02 AM
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'Lost' Scribe Reportedly Receiving Seven-Figure DealDamon Lindelof has become quite the Hollywood favorite after writing and exec producing "Lost" through to its controversial finish last year. He helped write the upcoming "Cowboys and Aliens" for Jon Favreau and gave a much-needed boost to Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel, so much so that Scott deemed the story worthy of a completely new figuration called "Prometheus."

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Producing Gavin Hood's 'Ender's Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 2:16 AM
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Gavin Hood's developing sci-fi pic "Ender's Game" just got a major boost. At the end of last week, Roberto Orci -- one half of the hugely successful writing/producing duo with Alex Kurtzman - hit Twitter to reveal: "Ender's Game! Us(K/O), Oddlot, and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?"

Jon Favreau To Make A Cameo In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2011 3:42 AM
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It looks like screenwriter Alex Kurtzman -- best known for penning blockbusters like "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" and "Mission: Impossible III" -- is getting a nice favor called in as he shoots his directorial debut, the drama “Welcome To People.” The film already boasts a strong cast including Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass and has now lined up a nice cameo. Jon Favreau -- who is currently readying "Cowboys & Aliens," a film Kurtzman co-wrote -- hit Twitter yesterday to reveal he's making an appearance in 'Welcome' saying, "Did a cameo role today in Welcome To People. Fun to act again, even if it was only for a day."

Mark Duplass Joins Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'Welcome To People'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 2:36 AM
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The prospects for screenwriter Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, the drama "Welcome To People," continue to rise with actor-writer-director Mark Duplass now joining a cast which already excitingly boasts Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Michelle Pfeiffer To Play Chris Pine's Mother In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 2:16 AM
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The DreamWorks drama "Welcome To People" goes before cameras imminently, and it should prove to be interesting, marking a move into more serious fare for a whole group of actors who, until now, have been more recognized for their involvement in tentpoles and comedies. Following a young businessman who returns home after the death of his father, the film marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and newcomer Jody Lambert; Kurtzman and Orci being best known so far for writing the likes of "Transformers" and "Star Trek."

Olivia Wilde Joins 'Welcome To People' With Chris Pine & Elizabeth Banks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 8:41 AM
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After carving a successful screenwriting career penning blockbusters for such directors as Michael Bay (”Transformers”), J.J. Abrams (”Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible 3”) and Jon Favreau (”Cowboys & Aliens”) as well as producing television shows like “Fringe” and “Alias,” one half of the renowned writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is set to venture solo into the world of directing with Kurtzman gearing up his directorial debut.

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Update Progress on 'Star Trek' Sequel Script

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2010 3:02 AM
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Story's Been Broken, Film Not Seen As 'A Second Act' To this day, we're still kind of stunned as to how much we enjoyed last summer's reboot of "Star Trek." Sure, it had its fair share of plot holes and silly moments (not that we want to kick this one off again -- our post on our issues with the film still holds the record for most comments over at the old site), but its energy and sheer enthusiasm made it easily the best tentpole of last year, thanks to pitch-perfect casting, and outstanding direction from J.J. Abrams.

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