Video Interview: Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman Discuss 'Cowboys & Aliens'

July 28, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

You know them both by name, we've talked to them many times before, they're producers, writers, and even directors (Kurtzman's Welcome to People), now it's time for another in-depth chat with Roberto "Bob" Orci and Alex Kurtzman, screenwriters/producers of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, as well as J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and a few Transformers, too. I've known these guys for years, interviewed them a couple of times, and always love talking to them. I decided to be a little tough on them, as I told them at the start, but wanted to get fully in-depth into Cowboys & Aliens and their work on it, as well as their thriving careers.

Watch my interview with Roberto Orci (L) & Alex Kurtzman (R), co-writers on Cowboys & Aliens:

It's a long interview, but totally worth watching. Kurtzman/Orci are credited as producers, and also writers on Cowboys & Aliens, alongside Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Other producers involved include Steven Spielberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. I saw Cowboys & Aliens at the Comic-Con premiere, and enjoyed it quite a bit, but found it a bit rough at times. I've admired Kurtzman/Orci and their careers as they've gone from the days of M:I:III and Transformers into producers who can call Steven Spielberg any time. I think they get a lot of crap for their screenplays, but I've always enjoyed talking with them and discussing the fanboy-inspired decisions behind their writing.

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  • Para
    oh yeah.. first!! u better believe it bitches!
  • SmokingChops
    "We're proud of everything we've have been involved in" did they even watch Transformers 2?Is it just me or is the video out of sync?
    • They've admitted, and others involved confirmed, that the problems with Transformers 2 came mostly from Michael Bay, the brutal Writer's Strike (they couldn't make revisions) and their co-writer Ehren Kruger, who then took over for the third movie entirely (they didn't return). It's just one movie, not their fault, no need to hold one script against them.
  • JennyB
    Great interview. It also killed some typical wannabe filmmaker-preconceived notions that a lot of people from outside the business have about writing.
    • Anonymous
      "It also killed some typical wannabe filmmaker-preconceived notions that a lot of people from outside the business have about writing." Spot-on, Jenny.  Too many have this simplistic (but very, very wrong) idea about screenwriting, and you will usually see them show up online whining about it.  They should go pick up a copy of CREATIVE SCREENWRITING or SCRIPT; there's more truth and info in those magazines than in an Internet comment page.




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