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Powerhouse Duo Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Split Up, Orci Wants To Direct 'Star Trek 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 1:50 PM
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For better (and definitely for worse), producing/writing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been behind some of the biggest blockbusters of the last decade or so. "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Star Trek" franchises are among their biggest accomplishments, and "Now You See Me" was a massive hit. But the pair are now breaking up, cinematically speaking, each pursuing their own movie gigs (though they are keeping their lucrative TV business partnership going). So, who will be Paul Simon and who will turn out to be Art Garfunkel? Time will tell, but Orci is driving hard to the hoop to make his blockbuster filmmaking debut.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 8, 2014 7:03 PM
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As far as superhero reboots go, "room for improvement" was probably the best way to sum up 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man." Certainly financially, the film made a very healthy $750 million worldwide, but that's still less than any of the three Sam Raimi films that preceded it. And creatively, the film had some strong building blocks—an increased emphasis on romance, a hugely appealing central pairing in Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (plus support from ringers like Sally Field and Martin Sheen), a bright sense of humor, a fresh-ish take on the characters—but a patchy script, disappointing action and lackluster villain meant that there was plenty of opportunity for a sequel to prove itself worth of the title "amazing."

Roberto Orci Talks “Shaken Up” Plots Of ‘Sinister Six’ & ‘Venom’ Films, Plus New Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 16, 2014 1:51 PM
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Sony has always clutched Spider-Man close in their stake on the future of big-budget superhero films, but their latest ante shows they’re eager to also expand the franchise to just about every villain around. In addition to three forthcoming “Amazing Spider-Man” sequels, last month the studio announced “Venom” and “The Sinister Six” films fronted by a “brain trust” of folks like Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Drew Goddard ("Cabin In The Woods"). A recent chat with Orci revealed a glimpse of exactly how they’re going to pull off that massive feat.

Josh Trank Out, Alex Kurtzman To Co-Write & Direct 'Venom'; Drew Goddard Writing 'Sinister Six''

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 13, 2013 9:00 AM
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Zoinks. With Marvel's "Avengers" franchises expanding, and "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" widening the X-universe over at Fox, it was only a matter of time before Sony looked at the world of "Spider-Man" and seized on a massive opportunity to bombard us with brands and sequels tell new and exciting stories. And in one fell swoop, they've done changed the game, yo.

Romance Classic 'Ghost' Becoming A TV Show, 'Tales From The Darkside' Rebooted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 10:31 AM
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Because a movie and/or TV show in a catalog at a studio is now something that be licensed, rebranded and repackaged and resold, a romantic classic and cult series are getting fresh life on the small screen.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner Return To Write 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 12:50 PM
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While fans long for studios to take bolder risks with comic properties -- R-rated Batman! Gritty Daredevil! -- the bottom line is, as long as these franchises need to answer to shareholders, and make big profits, they have to play within the parameters of mainstream entertainment. Which easily explains this next bit of news...

After Tearing Into Fans, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Screenwriter Roberto Orci Deletes Twitter Account

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 12:30 PM
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A few days ago, Roberto Orci, the insanely well-paid writer/producer behind "Transformers," "Cowboys & Aliens," and "Star Trek," took to fan site TrekMovie.com to lambast fans who were overtly critical of this summer's sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness." (This was shortly after the world's largest "Star Trek" convention voted 'Into Darkness' the worst film in the franchise.) He was, shall we say, in an agitated state. And now, after the Romulan dust has settled, Orci, whose new television show "Sleepy Hollow" debuts on Fox later this month, has deleted his Twitter account, a move usually reserved for celebrities who have made homophobic rants or politicians responsible for blasting photos of their genitals.

Rumor: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Helmer Jon M. Chu Contender To Direct 'Star Trek 3'; Kurtzman/Orci Will Write The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 5:45 PM
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A couple of weeks back an offhand comment by Zachary Quinto set nerds into a lather as it was suggested that J.J. Abrams—tasked with helming "Star Wars: Episode 7"—was somehow going to find time to direct "Star Trek 3" in time for a 2016 release. Keep dreaming, we said. And it would appear that our smugness was well-placed as, if this latest rumor is anything to go by, Paramount is already looking at other candidates.

Robert Rodriguez's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Is Going To Be A TV Show Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
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You would think with two movies coming this year -- "Machete Kills" and "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" -- that would be more than enough on Robert Rodriguez's plate. But that would be to misunderstand the work ethic of the filmmaker, who always seems to be juggling a half dozen different things at any given moment, so even while he's got two features arriving within a month of each other, he's already looking toward the small screen for yet another venture.

‘Men In Black’ Scribe To Rewrite ‘Colossus’ For Will Smith; Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Team For Sci-Fi 'Sagittarius A'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 20, 2013 7:53 PM
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A few years back, we shared the news that a fledgling writer, Jason Rothenberg, seemed like he might be about to blow up, having been commissioned to pen a Will Smith-starring remake of 1970s sci-fi film “Colossus: The Forbin Project,” along with Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Twilight Zone” reboot. But it seems both are moving on without him.

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