From Star Trek 2 to Transformers

Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are part of what we call Team Abrams here at TG, because they’ve been writing for JJ since Alias.

The duo penned the scripts for his Star Trek reboot, as well as Transformers, Cowboys and Aliens, and many other big movies. They also collaborated together on Kurtzman’s directing debut, a romantic drama called People Like Us, which opens on June 29.


Of course, the fanboys all would love any tidbits on the next Star Trek movie, not to mention they’re going to write the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and they’ve also got Ender’s Game, and reboots of Van Helsing and The Mummy coming up. Like their mentor JJ, these guys keep really busy.


Kurtzman confirmed to Collider it was indeed an emotional experience getting back on the Enterprise, and that everyone on the team “feel very protective of Star Trek. The studio had wanted it a year earlier and we said, ‘No, we can’t. We’re not going to be ready and we don’t want to rush this.'” 

As we also reported here on TG, the Enterprise set is all interconnected so there can be completely insane 3D Imax shots that will make you feel like you’re there on the ship.


“JJ was brilliant,” Kurtzman said. “What he wanted to do was be able to play whole scenes without a cut, as you were literally moving through this huge, huge ship.” When asked when we could possibly see a teaser trailer, Kurtzman said he wasn’t sure, and there’s still talks about when that could happen.


Kurtzman and Orci will also be writing the next Spider-Man, and judging by the early reviews, the reboot could really be a winner this July. “When I saw the movie, I loved the world that (director) March [Webb] had created,” Kurtzman said. “When you’re a kid, you’re a superhero lover, the holy trinity is Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, so to be able to take any of those and play with it is a huge joy.”


Kurtzman also hinted that the next versions of Van Helsing and The Mummy will be “the Dark Knight version” of those series, meaning darker, and taken more seriously of course. 

He added, “We try to do that on Trek,” so if they could reinvent those flicks in the same way, hell, I’d go see that.