Writing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been responsible for some of the biggest films and franchises of recent memory. The pair have worked together on Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, the first two Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible 3, Now You See Me and the just released The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Variety reports that the powerhouse writing team are set to part ways in terms of the movie world, but will stay together when it comes to the TV world (they wrote Fringe and Sleepy Hollow). The parting is so that both can move on to spend more time directing, and while the split is a very sad announcement indeed, the directing jobs they are looking at are very exciting, if a little ambitious.
Kurtzman has already been given the go-ahead from Sony to co-write and direct the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off, Venom, and that film is due for release I believe in 2016. The Venom film will bring with it a lot of pressure to get right, but not nearly the amount of pressure Orci has put on himself with his desired directing project.
Variety’s report claims that Orci is looking to direct the highly anticipated Star Trek 3, a film he has already signed on to produce, and co-write with his proteges Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. While I am sure fans are keen to see what Orci can produce as director, Star Trek 3 is a pretty ambitious way to begin your directing career, and it could be that he is aiming way too high.
Apparently Paramount do not share Orci’s enthusiasm, and are holding back on who they want to direct Star Trek 3. Sadly JJ. Abrams will not be returning to direct as he will be busy with Star Wars, but Paramount have reportedly already shown interest in Joe “Attack the Block” Cornish to direct.
Apparently Abrams is keen on Orci directing, as are Skydance Productions and Bad Robot, co-producers on Star Trek 3.