Roberto Orci Talks ‘Venom’ and ‘Sinister Six’ Movies; PLUS New ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Pics Released!

- 01-16-14Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook


We haven’t heard much about them since Sony’s initial announcement, but Roberto Orci, writer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has shed some light on both the Venom and Sinister Six spin-off films. PLUS, we’ve got some awesome new pictures from TASM2, which you can check out after the jump! (more…)

Orci & Kurtzman Putting the “Universe” in Universal Monsters

- 10-18-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.

Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. (more…)

‘Star Trek’ Returning to Television?

- 10-11-13Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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With the success of J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek franchise, there has been lots of talk revolving around trying to get another television series going.  And no one seems to be more about getting this done than writer and uber-producer Roberto Orci – AKA he who helped put the new films together.  Now, it seems as if there may be some progress to report.  Check out the skinny below. (more…)

Orci Says ‘Star Trek’ Should Trek Back to TV and Why

- 09-25-13Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


The back-to-back successes of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness has long caused fans to ponder if and when the sci-fi franchise might return to television. It’s a question that hasn’t really been addressed by anyone involved in the movies in an official creative capacity, but the topic was recently broached with someone who might be in a position to talk about the matter with authority.

In a recent Mission Log podcast on Trek Movie, screenwriter Roberto Orci went on the record to say that there will be a day when Star Trek returns to TV, and, in at least one respect, maybe that’s for the best. What does he mean? Read on below:

“When I saw Star Wars I remember thinking, ‘yeah Star Wars is amazing, but I can’t watch it at home. I can watch Star Trek at home. I remember thinking [about Trek], ‘wow, this is a whole universe,’ where as Star Wars seemed like a one-off.”

“I do think Star Trek is wonderful for TV. I think it should be both [TV and movies]. I saw a Next Generation movie, I won’t say which, but I thought ‘Ahh, it’s slightly succumb to the trappings of movie making. A lot of action and not enough philosophy.’ It’s interesting to read that criticism of some of the stuff we’ve done in the last two [films]. TV affords you [philosophy]. But, I do think that audiences are sophisticated enough that Star Trek can be Star Trek in both mediums now.”

“Star Trek ain’t going anywhere. It’s going to outlive all of us. And it’s going to be translated into every kind of delivery system you can imagine. It’s not going away from TV either. It just depends on when it comes back and how it’s programmed against the movies.”

I think Orci hit on something important there, the philosophy, the exploration, the social conscience, all that comes easier for Trek on a week-to-week basis versus a movie because when the movies do try to get more thematic we end up with The Motion Picture, or The Final Frontier, or Insurrection. I’d put good money on the notion that we’ll probably see a new Star Trek TV series sometime around 2016, in time for the 50th birthday of Trek.

What do you say Bastards, want to see Star Trek the next, next generation on TV screens? Sound off below.

Source: Blastr

‘Fringe’s’ Dr. Bishop to Add to the Crazy on ‘Sleepy Hollow’

- 09-20-13TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


If you’re going to transplant one actor from Fringe to a new part in Fox’s supernatural conspiracy drama Sleepy Hollow, then you couldn’t do much better than John Noble, and Deadline is now reporting that the actor has just signed on for a recurring part in this fall’s first new hit. Noble will play Henry Parrish, who Deadline describes as “a kind and reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that have the potential to help the series’ protagonist, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison).” There’s no word yet though just how many episodes Noble will appear in, or when his appearances will begin.

Did you see the series premiere of Sleepy Hollow this past Monday? If you didn’t, you missed a rare treat, a bizarre conflagration of National Treasure, Washington Irving, The X-Files, Grimm, and Twin Peaks, and what kills you is that you buy it hook, line and sinker. Sleepy Hollow may end up being the best tongue-in-cheek, campy genre TV show since the heyday of Hercules and Xena (oddly enough Sleepy Hollow co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman got their start on those shows).

Anyway, if you haven’t seen Sleepy Hollow yet, you should at lease be prepared to see it stick around for a while. The first episode was watched by 10.1 million viewers and a 3.5 in 18-49 demo. The show was Fox’s biggest opening for a fall drama series in seven years.

What do you Bastards think of Sleepy Hollow? Looking forward to more Noble-level zaniness? Sound off below.

Source: Deadline

‘Star Trek’ Writer Respectfully Disagrees with Your Assessment of ‘Into Darkness’

- 09-06-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


I think we all know that the popular fan opinion of Star Trek Into Darkness is less than positive. Well let’s just admit it, many of you thought it sucked the big one. In fact, at the recent Creation Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Into Darkness was voted the worst Trek film ever. Period.

Now filmmakers and actors have feelings too, so when a big group of people says that something was the “worst ever,” you have to imagine that there’s going to some hurt feelings. Simon Pegg‘s already had a pretty strong reaction to the fan backlash, but we haven’t heard from either director J.J. Abrams or any of the film’s co-writers. Until now.

In response to a recent Trek Movie article about how Star Trek is broken, and how the franchise might be fixed, co-writer Roberto Orci had an entirely different point of view on the future of Star Trek, as well as his own work, Into Darkness. For instance, don’t you ungrateful Trekkies realize that you’re acting like spoiled kids?

I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided.

Yeah! And by the way, the last two Trek movies, ironically the same ones Orci co-wrote, have been the most well-received critically and commercially.

Having said that, two biggest Star Treks in a row with best reviews is hardly a description of “broken.” And frankly, your tone and attitude make it hard for me to listen to what might otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t.”

And finally, well, I’ll Orci take it from here…

“STID has infinitely more social commentary than Raiders in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the [#@&!]-ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of shitty fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: [#@&!] OFF!”

Clearly, he’s a people person. Still, I think the public reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness has been, perhaps, a bit overblown, and I’d hardly call it the worst Trek movie ever, and if you do still think it is, you’ve probably forgotten about The Final Frontier. But I digress. 

Anyway, you can decide for yourself when Star Trek Into Darkness comes out on Blu-ray on Tuesday. In the meantime, sound off with your own Into Darkness hate below.

Source: Blastr


‘Star Trek III’ Will Feature Some Familiar Scriptwriters

- 08-06-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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There’s already plenty of speculation concerning what’s going on with the inevitable third installment of the Star Trek reboot.  So far, J.J. Abrams’ involvement is somewhat of a mystery, given that he’s supposed to be doing the new Star Wars flick.  But one thing is almost certain, and that’s the return of a couple of alumni writers to pen the script for Star Trek III.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci look like they’re both coming back.  They wrote the first one back in 2009 and did their fair share on the second, so they might as well return for the third, right?  It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the return of Damon Lindelof, however, a fact that may actually cause more happiness than grief among Star Trek fans.

The two are currently in negotiations, no doubt trying to milk it for what it’s worth, so there’s still a chance they might bolt, but it’s not likely.  The upcoming Star Trek III is a big one as well, being as how 2016, the proposed release year, also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.  No pressure at all, Kurtzman and Orci, really.  Just don’t fuck it up or you’ll have mobs of angry Trekkies burning your houses down and pissing on the ashes.

So what does the peanut gallery thinks about all this?  Are these two up to the task of ringing in the 50th?  Or are we going to see rivers of blood?


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Orci Owed Call By Quinto About ‘Trek 3′ Inside Info

- 07-22-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


So remember when Zachary Quinto told everybody that Star Trek 3 would probably be shooting sometime next year and that J.J. Abrams would likely be back at the helm if it can possibly be helped. This despite the fact that Star Trek Into Darkness has barely been released with mixed reviews and less than stellar box office, and, oh yes, Abrams is currently prepping his next film, a little thing called Star Wars Episode VII.

Another person confused by all this is Roberto Orci. And if he’s out of the loop, it’s no big deal, he’s only been a co-writer/co-producer on both previous Trek films. Orci, while talking to Zap2It at Comic Con this past weekend, shared his surprise at Quinto’s news and wants to know what Mr Spock supposedly knows on the subject of Star Trek 3.

“I’d love to have J.J. back. We’re still talking to Paramount about what the scheduling might be and if we can all do it together again, but yeah I read that too and I was like, ‘Whoa, does [Quinto] know something I don’t? I’d better call him.’ He owes me a call.”

You heard the man, Zack. Call him! In fact, call us to. Nerd Bastards would love an exclusive.

More news as it develops.

Source: Blastr

‘Sleepy Hollow’ TV Trailer Proves to be Painful – Watch It Here!

- 05-13-13TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s about that time of the week again, time for Hollywood to revive an old tale and make it cheaper to film by putting it into modern times.  This time around it’s Sleepy Hollow and this monstrosity is being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.  You can check out more than 3 minutes of the show in the preview below, but be prepared to facepalm.

Yup, it’s another cop show with some sort of supernatural twist.  Cops plus headless horseman equals win?  Probably not.  Seriously though, can’t they make anything anymore that’s not a cop show at the core?

If you feel the need to watch this, it begins airing this fall on FOX.


Thanks to /film for the warning.

Why ‘Into Darkness’ And Other ‘Star Trek’ Scoops

- 04-02-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


A lot of the pre-release hate about Star Trek Into Darkness has been directed at the film’s ominous title. How can the film maintain Gene Roddenberry‘s vision of a hopeful, peaceful future when the second film in the rebooted franchise is going to take us “into darkness?”

Well co-screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman took a minute to respond to that very question in a new interview with Star Trek Magazine (which comes to us via Blastr). Apparently, the duo took their inspiration from the film’s villain, John Harrison played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

“He understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way,” says Orci. “Some might see part of the title coming from the fact that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process… that some of our crew have gone though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes.”

As for how Roddenberry, “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” would feel about these latest developments, Kurtzman says that they had him in mind as he, Orci and Damon Lindelof tapped out the script. “Despite the fact that we are literally going into darkness, I think we all worked very hard to make sure the theme of hope, what hope costs, and what it’s really about, was always alive in how we were designing our story,” he said. “So we’re pretty consistent with the last movie in terms of dark things happening. But holding on to the light that Roddenberry set up as a basic tenet of the ‘Star Trek’ universe.”

In other news, we have a release date for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack, the film’s score by regular J.J. Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino. According to distributor Varese Sarabande (and out friends at Comic Book Movie), the Into Darkness disc will be released three days before the movie on May 14. No track listing or music samples have been released yet, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to it, the music, to me, was one of the best parts of Abrams’ first Trek.

And speaking of previews, TrekWeb has a couple of new images from the film, one of Spock and Uhura looking at – something- above and one of Peter Weller, in the reported role of Admiral Marcus, below. Anyone else getting a Star Trek: The Motion Picture vibe from those new uniforms?


Finally, the extended preview of Into Darkness that aired during The Walking Dead finale on Sunday has appeared online. If you missed it, or if you want to see it again, it’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure.