Orci off Trek 3

Maybe one day we’ll get the full story of the behind the scenes drama on Star Trek 3. How people reacted when J.J. Abrams left, the potential directors coming in to pitch, Roberto Orci being hired as a first-time filmmaker, his subsequent departure, a second director search, the hiring of Justin Lin and more. It sounds like plot to a political thriller. Now, another twist has been revealed.

Orci, who was thought to still be writing and producing the film, took to a Star Trek message board to reveal, despite working on a script for well over a year, he’s now only producing the film. He also teased his thoughts about what’s going on with the 2016 sequel and defended the first film’s idea of an alternate timeline. Read Orci’s quotes about the Star Trek 3 script below. Read More »


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new Flash Gordon movie

Flash Gordon is finally making his way back to the big screen. Twentieth Century Fox has just picked up the rights to the pulp comic hero, with John Davis (Chronicle) producing. And they’re wasting no time — they’ve already set Star Trek writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to write the script. Get all the details after the jump.

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One of the latest trends in fiction is taking famous stories and giving them a genre twist. There’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which surmises the 16th President not only freed the slaves but kicked vampire ass. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which populates Jane Austin’s period romance with the undead. And in 2010, J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot bought the rights to Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, a graphic novel which imagines the world’s first robot soldier was around in the early 20th century, fighting alongside the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and hobnobbing with Mark Twain.

Paramount and Bad Robot have now, finally, hired two screenwriters – John D. Payne and Patrick McKay – to adapt Boilerplate for the silver screen. Read more about the writers and story after the break. Read More »


Paramount is really moving forward with that film version of the SpikeTV show The Deadliest Warrior, with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) producing and , yes, possibly directing. The studio has hired a pair of writers: John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who recently sold a spec called Golliath (yep, about David and Goliath) to Relativity. Read More »

We all know how this one ends. Puny David slays the giant Goliath with only a slingshot. It’s the journey towards that epic showdown, however, which makes up the plot of the new film Goliath. A period action film “with contemporary sensibilities,” the Biblical tale is set to be directed by Scott Derrickson who did The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day The Earth Stood Still remake. Before it goes into production, though, the original script, written by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, is apparently going to be overhauled to make it more like 300 or The Bourne Identity. Read more about this project after the break. Read More »