If you’re a fan of genre television and movies, you’ve probably seen an Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci-written or -produced joint. The duo wrote the first two Transformers movies, the Star Trek reboot and its upcoming sequel, and shows like Fringe and Hawaii Five-O. They even have a deal with Universal Pictures that has them helming reimaginings of The Mummy and Van Helsing.
Superhero Hype talked to Kurtzman about a few other upcoming projects on their plate including scripts for the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.
“We jumped on [Amazing Spider-Man 2] because we were so impressed with the movie and what Marc Webb has done with the movie,” he said. “I just adore Matt Tolmach, who is the producer of the movie, and everyone at Sony has been so supportive of us. We felt really good about it and really passionate about it. When you’re growing up, if you’re a superhero lover, it’s like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman are the holy trinity of superheroes, so the opportunity to get involved with any one of those is like you get to let your kid play again.”
Kurtzman went on to say that he and Orci will have an extended role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 beyond writing the script. “We’re exec. producing as well, and they’ve been very generous about letting us be involved with the process,” he continued. “But certainly what we don’t want to do is step on any toes and we’re really just there because we love Spider-Man so much.”
The writer/producer went on to explain why Star Trek 2 was originally moved back and will not have footage shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. “Here’s the thing about Trek,” Kurtzman said. “Part of why we delayed a year was because we didn’t want to rush it, just because we feel very beholden to the franchise and we feel very protective of it and the worst thing we can do is to put it out there before we felt like we were ready and we were still working on the story.”
Lastly, Kurtzman commented on his and Orci’s take on Ender’s Game, which they took a pass at after director Gavin Hood had a go. “We’re certainly huge fans of the book, too, so I think we felt extremely protective of it,” he said. “I know that Gavin Hood, our director, really felt protective of it, and he wrote a beautiful script. Orson came in and gave us his blessing, which I think was a huge, huge thing for all of us.”
As of now, Ender’s Game is expected to debut Nov. 1, 2013.