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From co-creators/writers/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the modern-day twist on Sleepy Hollow finds Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in the present-day town. In a town that he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand, Ichabod teams up with Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), and the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken.
During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the new Fox series, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talked about how the concept for the show came together, what excites them about re-imagining already recognizable stories, where they’re looking to go with the first season, making the mythology accessible to the average person, the multi-layered vibe of the show, how they decided on this version of Ichabod Crane, getting to work in different time periods, and the challenges they had in bringing this story to life for the small screen. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
How did you come up with the concept for this show?
ROBERTO ORCI: Well, a young and very talented man named Phil Iscove, who at the time was an assistant at UTA, came in and said, “You know, I have this idea of doing a modern-day Sleepy Hollow, and maybe the way ...
Even though he was at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the premiere of the new Fox drama series Sleepy Hollow, premiering on September 16th, when I got a few minutes to chat with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, I had to ask about what’s going on with Locke & Key, based on the graphic novels by Joe Hill. A pilot starring Miranda Otto, Mark Pellegrino, Jesse McCartney and Sarah Bolger was made to debut in the 2011 TV season, and I loved it so much that I was both shocked and greatly disappointed to learn that it wasn’t picked up and I would never get to see how it would continue.
With talk recently heating up, in regard to a feature film being done, I had to get an update, and Kurtzman was happy to oblige, clearly loving the property as much as I do. He said that they’re very serious about the project now, they’ve locked down a writer who has a brilliant way to take the best of the first couple graphic novels and make a complete story, and that their goal is to do a series of movies. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Collider: I thought the Locke & Key pilot was amazing. I absolutely loved it, and I was so upset when it didn’t get picked up to series. So, when I recently heard that you wanted to do a feature film version now, I got very excited. How serious are you about ...
While a new screenwriting team in the form of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) was recently teased as possibly taking over Paramount's Star Trek film franchise, it looks like familiar faces Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will once again be returning for Star Trek 3. The screenwriters are in negotiations to write the newest installment. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is in his own negotiations to produce the film. Damon Lindelof will not be returning, according to the report; he's likely busy with his upcoming HBO series, The Leftovers. Hit the jump for more on this screenwriting news, why it's great for the studio (and screenwriters themselves, obviously) but not necessarily a win for fans.
Heat Vision reports that Kurtzman and Orci will once again return to pen Star Trek 3. Not surprisingly, no plot details are available at the moment and the film remains without an official title or release date. Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are expected to return and one would be surprised if Paramount missed Star Trek's 50th anniversary in 2016. Though Paramount toyed with the idea of bringing in a fresh screenwriting team, apparently Kurtzman/Orci were able to find an opening in their busy schedules that satisfied the studio.
Kurtzman and Orci's first effort in 2009's Star Trek earned about $258 million stateside and nearly $386 million worldwide. Their follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness managed respective hauls of $226 million domestic and $451 million global. Though it's difficult to tell what each film's profit margin ended up being for the studio due ...
In this modern-day twist on Sleepy Hollow, premiering on Fox on September 16th, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in the present-day town.
While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman talked about how this show came together, finding the look for the Headless Horseman, the time table for when he could get his head back, how the relationship between Ichabod and Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) will evolve, and how involved they’ll be able to stay with the project. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Question: How did this show form, with the various ideas that you’ve put together?
ALEX KURTZMAN: Well, I think the credit, actually, really goes to Phil because Phil came into our office and said, “You know, I have this idea that we can do a modern-day Sleepy Hollow show.” And we were such fans of Sleepy Hollow, in all of its iterations – growing up with the Disney show, and then Tim Burton’s and, obviously, the most important being Washington Irving’s short story. It evokes and invokes a very specific feeling and tone. And the other thing that was very smart about what he brought was that he actually managed to sidestep the time travel aspect of, “How ...
As long as Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are attached to write new Star Trek movies, I have no faith in the franchise. While they’ll likely be on board in some capacity for years to come (sigh), it looks like a new writing duo is coming on board for Star Trek 3. According to Badass Digest, screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) are close to a done deal on penning the next Star Trek movie. Miller and Stentz are in the Bad Robot family from their work as writers and producers on Fringe, and their Trek bonafides are marginally boosted by their work on Andromeda, a series based on unused material by the late Gene Roddenberry.
Hit the jump for more including the rumor that J.J. Abrams might drop out of directing Star Wars: Episode VII.
Before you get too excited about new writers joining Star Trek 3, Badass reports that Orci and Kurtzman are still attached as writers, and they were “instrumental” in pushing for Miller and Stentz. The level of Orci and Kurtmzan’s involvement in the script is unknown, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they had some input into the story (“How about the Enterprise goes back in time to save…um…dolphins!”). Paramount reportedly wants the movie in theaters by 2016 to mark Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, so work on the script is expected to commence very soon.
In a marginally related story, Star Wars: Episode VII may need a new director. Badass Digest is hearing ...
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe is back for a fifth and final 13-episode season. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. Now, the Fringe team will make a final stand, bringing together all that they have witnessed, in order to battle and protect the world.
During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about when they decided to set the final season in the future, where Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia’s (Anna Torv) journey will go and how Walter (John Noble) has changed now, how he’s learned to constrain his ideas with a TV show budget, his reticence in changing the show so dramatically for the final season, what has changed most from the original plan, the major challenges they faced in bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion, whether there was always an intention to make the Observers the bad guys, and what he will take away from his experience on Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump, but be are that there are some spoilers.
Question: When you were working on “Letters of Transit” last season, did you already know that 2036 was going to be the focus of this season, or was that originally just a stand-alone story?
J.H. WYMAN: Well, we knew that traditionally, in the 19th episode spot of each season, we always went off the beaten ...
People Like Us creator Alex Kurtzman, after writing Star Trek and Transformers, got a little more personal with his latest project with co-writers Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert. The film was a perfect vehicle for his feature film directorial debut as it deals with a story that is painfully real to the helmer.
Kurtzman met Movie Fanatic for an exclusive interview to explore his new film, and he talks about what stars Chris Pine, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Banks invaluably brought to the project as well as what’s next for him: Think Spider-Man sequel!
With the film now being released on thousands of screens June 29, Kurtzman is full of mixed emotions. It is a truly personal story of what happened when he discovered he had a sister at the age of 30.
“I’m feeling a rainbow of different emotions. It’s just weird that we got to this place. I still can’t believe it. It’s still a little bit out of body. It’s been such a personal journey and now we’re giving it over to the world and that’s kind of a big thing. I’m really nervous. But, I’m also really excited,” Kurtzman said.
The filmmaker was struck with how resonant this story is proving to be. “Chris (Pine) and I were in Atlanta screening the movie for an audience, and as we were leaving the theater, a woman grabbed my arm and said to me, ‘I just need you to know that I met my brother recently and I didn’t know about him and I rejected it completely. I just saw your movie and I just realized I can’t do that.’ I was so moved by that. I feel like that, to me, is the gift of making a movie like this.”
His film (check out the People Like Us trailer) took eight years to bring to the screen, all because of an effort to tell his story, but ensure it’s still entertaining and powerful for audiences.
“It was also just a separating of truth from fiction because a lot of it did happen to me. I met my sister when I turned 30 but my story’s nowhere near as crazy as the movie. So you’re fictionalizing a lot of stuff and yet you’re speaking from an emotionally autobiographical place,” Kurtzman said.
“Figuring out how to take the emotional component and translate it to certain plot elements that don’t betray that emotion took time. It wasn’t immediately apparent how to do it. There was something about collecting the details that I observed around me that I think I could not have done if we were doing it on a clock.”
Key to the success of People Like Us is the casting. Kurtzman scored with Pine, Banks and Pfeiffer. He reported that the sibling chemistry achieved by his leads (Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine interview) brought his own story to cinematic life.
“The thing about Chris and Elizabeth is that they’re both so wildly talented, and they both dedicated themselves completely to their parts, digging as deep as possible to get there. There’s something very magnetic about the two of them individually,” Kurtzman said.
“Those two are so talented that honestly, more than half the time my job was just to say, ‘Let’s go again,’ and see what else they did. I felt it during rehearsals that there was something very spectacular going on between them. They were so graceful and generous in what they gave of themselves in these parts, and the more they slipped into that, the more that electricity came out on screen.”
And then there’s Pfeiffer, who plays Pine’s mother. “I didn’t know what to expect when I heard she was interested. I met her, and within one minute went, ‘There’s nobody else who can do this.’ She is amazing,” Kurtzman added.
Next on Kurtzman’s plate is penning the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. “It has been a blast,” he said.
“Getting to do Spider-Man is like letting your inner kid play again and it’s been really fun. I’m so impressed with the new movie. I think it’s fantastic and I love everyone involved, across the board. The actors are brilliant and wonderful and great people. The producers are amazing and Marc Webb is a genius, so we’re just having a great time.”
This weekend, Collider got to participate in the press junket for People Like Us, a family dramedy inspired by true events from the life of writer/director Alex Kurtzman. The story follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something guy who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) that Sam never knew about, and he is forced to re-examine his own life and re-think everything he thought he knew about his family.
While we will post what Kurtzman had to say about his feature film debut closer to its June 29th release, we did want to share what he had to say to us about the emotional experience of returning to the Enterprise for the Star Trek sequel, how insane it was to be able to really walk around the ship, how the set was built for the hallways to connect so that director J.J. Abrams could play whole scenes without a cut, and how they’re still in discussion about when the first official images or teaser trailer might be released. He also talked about what made he and business partner Roberto Orci want to sign on to write the sequel for The Amazing Spider-Man, how they just wrapped Ender’s Game (which takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war) and Now You See Me (about FBI agents who track a team of illusionists that pull off bank heists during their performances) as producers, and how excited they are to be rebooting Van Helsing and ...
Previously known as Welcome to People, the familial drama from debut director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) is now titled, People Like Us. Written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and relative newcomer Jody Lambert, People Like Us stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as a man who inherits $150,000 upon his father's death, but must deliver the money to a sister he has never met. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars as the sister in question, an alcoholic with a 12-year-old son, who Pine's character befriends. Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens) also stars in People Like Us as Pine's girlfriend, Hannah. Pine spoke on the project during a previous interview, as did Mark Duplass (The League) in a more recent interview that you can read here. Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns) also stars as Pine's widowed mother. The DreamWorks picture, partially set up by Steven Spielberg himself, will open June 29th of this year.
A new featurette for the upcoming sci-fi/western Cowboys & Aliens has been released. The video includes a number of the creatives involved with the film, including producers Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, and director Jon Favreau. If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, there's no need to worry. The featurette doesn't include any footage beyond what's been shown in the trailers, and the filmmakers basically just talk about the general idea behind the film. A sci-fi property that’s not a sequel and blends genres with a Western is no easy sell, but the marketing campaign has been pretty spot-on so far.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, and Sam Rockwell. The film opens (in 2D!) on July 29th.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge ...