Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, arguably the most successful screenwriting duo in Hollywood today, has decided to end their partnership. The screenwriters have penned some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood and their television production company has delivered some of the most groundbreaking and beloved shows on the small screen. Orci and Kurtzman separate on good terms, as they just want to start focusing their attention on possible directing careers.
Kurtzman already has a big deal lined up to direct the “Amazing Spider-Man” spin-off movie, “Venom.” He also remains in talks to help usher the Universal monsters back to the big screen and rumors have him looking at directing “The Mummy.” Orci, on the other hand, is hoping to take over the “Star Trek” franchise as the director now that J.J. Abrams has moved on to “Star Wars.”
Fans of Orci and Kurtzman’s television work should be happy. The pair said that, while they will no longer be working on screenwriting together, they will still keep their television production company, K/O Paper Products, intact. The two started out with “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” but they really struck gold with their work on “Alias” and “Fringe.” Currently, the two have a couple of pretty successful shows in production in “Hawaii 5-0” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
“Transformers” and “Star Trek”
However, fans of their movie work will now have a chance to see how the screenwriters do on their own. They got their start with the Michael Bay movie “The Island” but then really started to impress when they wrote J.J. Abrams “Mission: Impossible III.” Since that time, they have enjoyed some of the greatest success when it comes to financial box office but have also met critical disdain on some of their work. While the “Star Trek” reboot was met with general praise, they also wrote the first two “Transformers” movies, which fans seemed to love while critics ravaged.
With the success as writers and producers, the question is now how the two will do on their own. Kurtzman already has the “Venom” movie lined up, as the two wrote the new “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and Kurtzman will also script the upcoming “Amazing Spider-Man 3.” With the Universal monster movies also coming back, he will remain busy. Orci is working on convincing Paramount to let him direct “Star Trek,” but that is a harder sell than the Spider-Man spin-off. While both men seem talented enough to keep their success going, only time will tell if either or both of them will translate that talent to the field of directing.