Friday, May 08, 2009

Sitting Down With a Star Trek Author

Seattle Times: "A Q&A with "Star Trek" co-writer Roberto Orci", by Jeff Shannon

Roberto Orci approached the writing of "Star Trek," a new movie that opened here last night, as a devoted fan. His screenwriting partner, Alex Kurtzman, was also familiar with the original "Star Trek" TV series, and their mutual enthusiasm — along with credits including blockbuster hits like "Transformers," "Mission: Impossible III" and the upcoming "Transformers" sequel — made them strong candidates for reinventing "Star Trek" as a big-screen adventure for the original, much-younger crew of the starship Enterprise.

- Caption: Star Trek actors, then and now -

Friends and collaborators for 17 years, Kurtzman and Orci (who's now 35) met in high school and later wrote numerous TV scripts before working on "Alias" with creator/producer J.J. Abrams ("Lost"). In addition to writing "M:I III" and "Star Trek" (both directed by Abrams), Kurtzman and Orci are co-creators of "Fringe," the Abrams-produced Fox TV series that's presently awaiting a second-season commitment. (...) >>>

Read a review of the new Trekker blockbuster in the US:

CNN: "Review: 'Star Trek' is exhilarating"

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