Roberto Orci Will Direct ‘Star Trek 3′

Orci directing Star Trek 3

So Roberto Orci will direct Star Trek 3. The man who co-wrote the first two new franchise films for J.J. Abrams has been lobbying to take over the director’s chair for the third installment. Despite his lack of feature experience (Orci has never directed a feature) Skydance Productions and Paramount have given him the offer, so it’s all but done. I mean the deal is all but done, not Star Trek. But that might be done now, too. Read More »

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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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Briefly: The band is breaking up, at least for one performance. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been a screenwriting and producing team, sometimes with help, for the first two films in the new Star Trek series. But Kurtzman will reportedly sit out the scripting of Star Trek 3, with Orci getting new input from J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Read More »

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 »

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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 »

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