Monday, August 5, 2013

Orci, Kurtzman Back for Star Trek 3

Despite previous reports, Paramount Pictures has decided to stay on course and re-signed Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to write the script for Star Trek 3. However, Damon Lindelof is not part of the film so it might streamline the writing process resulting in a faster turnaround. Previously Thor writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were rumored to be on board with Orci and Kurtzman in editor/consultant roles on script. I guess the in demand duo figured out how to open their schedule to meet whatever deadline Paramount (hopefully) is working from to prevent another four year gap between sequels.

I cannot say I am excited by this news. The writing record of Orci and Kurtzman is one of great ideas followed by subpar execution. I think they have big, great ideas but the details to effectively execute the big idea are beyond their skill set. Their cool ideas tend to be full of bad character development, many story holes, convenient solutions, and spectacle just for the sake of it rather than any story purpose. In other words, Hollywood considers them the perfect script writers. Which sadly is not really what Star Trek is about.

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