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    October 14, 2009

    ROBERTO ORCI AND ALEX KURTZMAN TALKS ON THEIR PROJECTS


    Like yesterday's post on Green Tea World when Collider interviewed JJ Abrams, here I would like to feature another interview conducted by Collider at the same event as JJ Abrams'. This time, I would feature the interview with the writing duo partners of Orci and Kurtzman. Of course recently if you have been reading on this blog, I mentioned that the duo may be out from the writing team for Transformers 3. Here is what they have to say.

    REGARDING STAR TREK 2

    Roberto: "I think we’d think about it, just because we do love The Next Generation, but I think our instinct would be to first look at the original series before we considered that. But, all that is on the table for us."

    Roberto: "We’re still just brainstorming, internally. We’re going to get together soon and see what happens, and start putting it together."

    POSSIBILITY OF DOING STAR TREK 2 AND 3, BACK-TO-BACK

    Alex: "We feel like we’ve inherited this incredible honor and this mantle of Star Trek, and the most important thing is to make sure that we’re protecting that first. Part of what is great about Star Trek is that it’s a continuing adventure, so you naturally think that there will be many, hopefully, but we only focus on what comes next, and then build off of that. Right now, we’re not thinking specifically about making 2 and 3."

    RUMOURS ON USING TORTURE AS ALLEGORY FOR STAR TREK 2

    Roberto: "The torture thing was just a for instance. But, we’re not doing a story about Gitmo. I read on some site that it was going to be about Guantanamo Bay. But, now that we’ve established the characters, we can have a more philosophical allegory, where what’s happening in the future represents our world, like the best versions of it in the ’60’s did with women’s rights and racial equality."

    REGARDING COWBOYS AND ALIENS

    Roberto: "We just started and we’re getting along really well. We’ve sent ourselves back to school and we’re watching Westerns together and analyzing them. We’re just getting into it. We just watched The Searchers last."

    Alex: "We had a lot of these Westerns in our head, but Jon Favreau is an incredible fountain of Western knowledge. I think Jon also comes from a very similar emotional place and, because he’s an actor, he knows what plays and what doesn’t play very quickly. We’re having an unbelievably good time working with him."

    REGARDING DEPARTURE FROM TRANSFORMERS 3

    Roberto: "We’ve been working on Transformers longer than I was in college. I feel like we have our degree in Transformers now."

    Alex: "The franchise is so wonderful that it deserves to be fresh, all the time. We just felt like we’d given it a lot and didn’t have an insight for where to go with it next, and said, “You should do it right.”
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