Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Split, One Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

April 22, 2014
Source: Variety

Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

After working together for nearly a decade as the writing and producing duo behind films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the first two Transformers films, Mission Impossible III, the Star Trek reboot franchise and more, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci are splitting up as a filmmaking team. Though the two will remain collaborators with TV projects, Kurtzman and Orci each want to pursue their own directing careers. At this time, it's not clear how the several projects that these two have in development, which include the next two Amazing Spider-Man films, will be handled, but there's at least one project that Orci has eyes on to direct.

Variety reports that Orci is currently lobbying hard to take over the director's chair for Star Trek 3, with previous franchise director J.J. Abrams busy getting Star Wars: Episode VII together. Orci is already working on the script with Patrick McKay & John D. Payne, but not he wants to get behind the camera for his directorial debut. Apparently Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are on board with his desire, but Paramount Pictures isn't sold on letting Orci take on their valuable franchise for his directing debut. And considering how much the script for Star Trek Into Darkness missed the mark, I'm not surprised.

Meanwhile, Kurtzman's directing career on the big screen kicked off with the lower profile drama People Like Us, a middling but not terrible intimate story that featured Chris Pine and Olivia Wilde. But Kurtzman is looking to jump into big budget films too since he's already on board to direct Venom, the villain spin-off from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise which he also wrote with Orci and Ed Solomon (they all worked on Now You See Me before this). Kurtzman also has an interesting future overseeing the restart of potential franchises at Universal with their classic movie monster films The Mummy and Van Helsing.

Frankly, this split probably won't have too big of an impact on any of their developing projects. If anything, it might help, since Kurtzman and Orci have a flare for writing big budget fare with a lot of fun, but not with very much substance. Star Trek Into Darkness had plenty of great action and moments, but that story was weak, and totally underutilized the character of Khan, not to mention the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, who probably would have been better served with a villain role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Anyway, stay tuned to see how the directing careers of Kurztman & Orci on the big screen develop. Any thoughts?


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I liked Into Darkness, but I hope they branch out this time rather than just re-imagining characters we've seen in previous films.

MattPeloquin on Apr 22, 2014


I've always said that I wish Darkness was about a terrorist named John Harrison. That was awesome enough. I don't see why they wouldn't let him try, as long as Abrams is producing and the rest of the team is there as well.

OfficialJab on Apr 22, 2014


I don't see Orci directing Star Trek 3 to be a good sign, I agree with Paramount not to take that risk. Especially when many 3rd films in a franchise have a tendency to bomb. They shouldn't take that risk making it his directorial debut, just simply hire an experienced director to continue it. There are many great directors out there that can take the task. Leave Orci in the writers chair.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 22, 2014


To play devils advocate, this might motivate Orci to do well because he'll know that if he fucks up he'll never direct again.

MattPeloquin on Apr 22, 2014


He might have a talent for it.

OfficialJab on Apr 22, 2014


Two of the worst writers of the last decade. Please join Lindelof and just stop writing bullshit. Thanks.

Buzzfunk on Apr 22, 2014


Hasta la vista, Baby.

DAVIDPD on Apr 22, 2014


This is news? The brilliant scribes behind Bayformers?

Have Hope on Apr 22, 2014


What do you mean Into Darkness missed the mark? I thought it was a solid movie!

JBrotsis on Apr 22, 2014


Thought Into Darkness was solid. Not spectacular but very much enjoyable. Wouldn't use "missed the mark" in describing it.

LightningB on Apr 22, 2014


Why don't they just get Uwe Boll to direct. He could do any worse than these shit heads.

Mike Jakermen on Apr 23, 2014


Hey for those against this, those of us fans on Tumblr are just as mad about this news. So we've got this post to help send letters to Paramount And we're also trying trending #StopOrci2014 on Twitter. Spread it around!

Janee E. on Apr 23, 2014


Horrible writers. Terrible movies.

cobrazombie on Apr 24, 2014

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