Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Not Writing Transformers 3
Yesterday, a rumor started making the rounds (via SlashFilm) about writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman not returning for Transformers 3. I wasn't sure of the news, but I got a confirmation today and it looks like they will not be writing that sequel. The decision was made by Kurtzman and Orci themselves, and not Paramount or Michael Bay. Orci was quoted as saying: "The main reason we would move on is because we risk getting stale and comfortable. If you only sing one song for too long, you miss the opportunity to sing news songs." No word on who will be brought on to now write Transformers 3.
Back in our interview with the writers in January, Kurtzman said that they brought on Ehren Kruger to help write Transformers 2 because, "it was nice to have a fresh perspective." He adds: "It was great, someone who kind of came in with fresh eyes and said 'All right, having nothing to do with the first movie, here's the kinds of things I'd like to see and write.'" I can imagine this is what they're hoping to achieve by letting some new writers take over on Transformers 3. Kurtzman and Orci have made quite a name for themselves in Hollywood recently, both as producers on Eagle Eye and writers for Transformers and Star Trek.
As we all know, Transformers 3 was announced a few weeks ago for July 1st, 2011. There's no question that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is going to be a huge hit this summer, so Michael Bay and company better get some new writers on board fairly soon, because if it's to be the grand finale that we're all hoping for (and is better than the first two), they better have a damn good script. Good or bad news?