Chris Pine May Lead Alex Kurtzman's Film 'Welcome to People'
Having already made a name for himself by working with his writing partner Robert Orci to script blockbusters like Transformers, Star Trek and the forthcoming Cowboys & Aliens, screenwriter and producer Alex Kurtzman is ready for the director's chair. We heard last month that his directorial debut would likely be the DreamWorks backed drama Welcome to People. Now Risky Biz confirms the news and also reports Chris Pine has started early discussions to take the lead role in the story of a man who must deliver $150,000 in cash to an alcoholic sister he didn’t know he had after the death of their father.
However, the man, without telling his sister who he really is, ends up getting involved in the life of her angry 12 year-old son. In addition, Production Weekly mentioned via Twitter that Meryl Streep and Rachel McAdams have been "mentioned" as potential cast members. That likely means that they're being sought for the project but no deal or even negotiations are in place yet. Though Kurtzman (who also write the script with Orci) has a lot of clout, I can't imagine it'd be easy for a first time director to snag Ms. Streep for a film.
In a strange bridge between a couple of today's news stories, Jody Lambert, who directed the music documentary Of All the Things (now being adapted into a film starring Steve Carell) also worked on the script. It sounds like this project is still in early development, so we'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Interested?