Briefly: The team behind Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are at it again, this time wearing their producer hats. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci just sold an original sci-fi pitch to Universal called Sagittarius. They developed the idea long with Steven Karczynski, who’ll write the screenplay.

Karczynski’s Black List script, The Umbra, has Martin Campbell attached to direct while Kurtzman and Orci are producing November’s Ender’s Game and have multiple other projects in development at Universal, such as a remake (or new version) of Van Helsing.

No word on what Sagittarius is about but it’s the latest in a long line of new, high end sci-fi making its way around Hollywood. [Deadline].

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Universal really, really wants their The Mummy reboot to work. Last spring, the studio set Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts to pen a modern-day reboot of the classic franchise. Now, they’re bringing in some extra help in the form of Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray.

While it’s pretty typical for a high-profile tentpole pic to go through multiple writers, this is a special case. Ray isn’t doing a rewrite of Spaihts’ script. Instead, he’s putting together a totally separate screenplay with an unrelated storyline. You know, just in case the other one totally sucks. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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It’s been a big week for Star Trek Into Darkness news, and it’s still not over. We’ve rounded up a few more updates after the jump:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch continues to insist he’s not Khan
  • … but Zachary Quinto may have let that detail slip
  • Alex Kurtzman talks villains, Damon Lindelof discusses 3D
  • Over 40 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will be in IMAX
  • The stars discuss whether they’ll be back for Star Trek 4 and beyond

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Hopefully Locke & Key fans didn’t shut away their hopes of seeing the comic book series in live action, because a new door to that reality might have opened. A report from Latino Review states that after Fox passed on the pilot for the show based on the Joe Hill graphic novel, Universal entered the mix with an eye on making the property a feature film trilogy. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are currently penning The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony, were producers on the show and will reportedly not only fill that role on the movie, but will write it as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »

We’ll very likely see another film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character from Snow White and the Huntsman, but the precise details of that SWATH sequel seem up in the air. A small part of the uncertainty around that project is due to the public and embarrassing affair between Snow White director Rupert Sanders and his star Kristen Stewart. It’s a thing I hate even mentioning, because it should have nothing to do with anything other than their lives, but in this case it seems to be having some ripples in the film business as well.

So there’s another big project that Universal wants to get moving: the new version of Van Helsing that has Tom Cruise attached to star and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) scripting. And it’s starting to look like we might see Sanders stepping in to direct that film, with the potential Snow White and the Huntsman sequel going to another director. Read More »

Sorry Kirsten Dunst, you’re the latest to be replaced in Sony/Columbia’s Spider-Man series. With Marc Webb confirmed to return as director for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the studio is moving forward with casting for the film, and there are a couple big reveals today.

One is that Electro is rumored as “one of the villains” under consideration for the sequel. The other is that Mary Jane Watson, played by Dunst in Sam Raimi’s films, is definitely going to appear. And Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is the likely choice to play her. Read More »

When Universal first remade The Mummy with Brendan Fraser in the late ’90s, the franchise retained the period setting of the original film. That ended up being the right decision as the remade Mummy franchise spawned multiple sequels, spin-offs and was a runaway hit at almost every turn. It has since gone cold, however, and with the help of producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts, Universal hope to breathe life into the walking dead one more time.

The trio has now settled on a director to make the movie: Len Wiseman, who recently remade Total Recall with Colin Farrell. This time though, The Mummy will have a modern setting. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Dragons are real and they’re among us. That’s the hook to the children’s book series Dragonology, which Universal bought the rights to in 2008. At that time, screenwriter Leonard Hartman was hired to crack the story of a team of dragonologists – people who study dragons, of course – who try and stop an evil group from turning the world’s remaining dragons on humanity. Nothing came of the project.

Universal has now brought on the in-demand producing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to oversee the property. The pair will hire a new writer and keep an eye on the script. Kurtzman and Orci are extremely busy these days, recently finishing filming on one movie they wrote, Star Trek 2, another they produced, Ender’s Game, and they are currently writing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and producing a Van Helsing reboot. Now add Dragonology to the pile.

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