Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Power Rangers movie is powering forward. Roberto Orci has just signed on to executive produce Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of the ’90s property, while Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who have a credit on X-Men: First Class, have been tapped to write. Hit the jump for more on the latest updates.
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This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.
Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Expect Star Trek 3 to boldly go where J.J. Abrams‘ earlier Star Trek movies did not. In a new interview, director Roberto Orci promised Star Trek 3 would take Kirk and his crew into deep space, in contrast to the Earth-centric storylines of the last two installments. And naturally, that means the team is about to encounter some new kinds of aliens. Read his comments after the jump.
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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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Over the past decade, the name pairing “Kurtzman and Orci” has become a loaded phrase: it connotes blockbuster-sized sci-fi and superhero properties which often make loads of dough, but which aren’t always realized in a manner that fans love. Now Kurtzman and Orci are breaking up their big-screen writing and producing partnership so that each can focus on directing. More important, however, is that Roberto Orci is now working hard to take the director’s chair of Star Trek 3.
Update: Word has hit that Orci has progressed a bit further in the process, and is now in early talks to direct. More below.
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Robert Rodriguez‘s TV channel, the El Rey Network, is kicking off with a bang. It has the new adaptation/remake of From Dusk Till Dawn, for one. It also has a new show from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers, in development. Now, the full details on that show have been revealed.
It’s called Matador, and is about a famous soccer player who leads a double life also a CIA agent. Filming starts in March, with Rodriguez at the helm, and it’ll debut July 2014. Read the full press release below, as well as info on a new series called El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair. Read More »
Without an idea of what happens in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s difficult to predict how this new, linked Spider-Man universe is going to unfold. We know Marc Webb‘s next movie is out May 2 and Sony has another sequel planned in 2016, followed by Sinister Six and Venom. However, the idea of building to films starring a bunch of famous villains such as Lizard, Electro, Rhino, Green Goblin, Vulture and Doc Ock seems almost insurmountable. In a new interview, a member of Sony’s new Spider-Man braintrust joked about that very thing.
Roberto Orci, who is co-writing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 as well as Venom, talked about the challenges a Sinister Six movie poses and likened the process of creating a Spider-Man universe with villains at the epicenter to making a season of television. Read More »
Will a sequel to Ender’s Game ever see the big screen? It’s not a question with a definitive answer. The first film didn’t live up to financial expectations, but it got decent critical praise, meaning a life on home video and On Demand could generate interest in a theatrical follow-up.
In the past, producers admitted there are multiple ideas to continue the franchise, which in the original Orson Scott Card novels has a complicated timeline. One option is to continue with some sort of TV series. Another is to adapt a new series of novels which take place immediately after the events of Ender’s Game. Now a third option is on the table. Producer Roberto Orci says there’s a chance a sequel could be wholly original story, not based on any of Card’s material. Read More »
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You know that little thing about Sony developing other characters related to Spider-Man? It’s far bigger than you thought. The studio just announced the Venom movie that has been rumored for years, and a Sinister Six film as well. That’s right — unlike some other studio approaches, when it comes to Spider-Man and Sony, the spin-off films are for the bad guys. That’s pretty wild.
To make these movies a creative “brain trust” has been formed, including Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. Together they will collaboratively develop these films as a linked set of projects.
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Though each of the classic Universal monster movies (starting with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy) stands alone, by the time producers were done with all the characters, some had started to cross over into one another’s films. So it’s no surprise to hear that there are ideas for a Marvel Studios-style “monsters universe” at Universal now.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been working on two monster-releated reboots for Universal: The Mummy and Van Helsing. Now Orci explains that, in coming up with ideas for each, the notion of “a universe” has started to sprout. Read More »