Not sure if torrential rain outside, or a million gothic fanboy tears of joy...from the writers that brought you the first 'Transformers,' the 'Star Trek' reboot, 'Fringe,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man' sequel and countless other geek joygasms is ready make you lose your head, as they gear up for a 'Sleepy Hollow' adaptation on the small screen. But what director is total-ly on board for the project, and what twist have they added?
Alex Kurtzman has crafted a remarkable career as a genre film and television writer/producer. He and partner Roberto Orci have been attached to some of the most beloved science-fiction offerings of the last several years. From televisions ‘Fringe,’ to the wildly successful cinematic ‘Star Trek’ reboot (as well as the sequel that is currently in production), the pair has left a sizable imprint on the industry. As just one example of their upcoming projects, and prior the release of the first, the writing duo has been tapped to write ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
But roughly eight-years-ago the prolific geek and action-centric scribe felt the urge to explore the possibilities that a smaller, more intimate drama may offer. Inspired by events from his own life, Kurtzman began to draft a script for what became ‘People Like Us,’ the story of two siblings who grew up in different households, who live in vastly divergent worlds and yet come together and connect as adults.
With the film’s release this Friday, June 29th Kurtzman unveils his directorial debut, as well as a small piece of the most private corners of his own experience. It is a film one rarely sees these days. It invites the audience into a, dare I say it, adult conversation about the imperfect nature of relationships and the missteps that we often make that can still manage to bring us to something beautiful.
We had the opportunity to speak with Kurtzman recently about shifting gears for ‘People Like Us’, the movies he credits with changing his life and crafting large-scale event films in a post-Nolan Hollywood.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are the poster children of the current crop of big studio movies. They wrote 'Star Trek,' "Mission: Impossible: III,' "Cowboys and Aliens' and are credited on the first two 'Transformers' films. These are powerful guys, and with 'People Like Us' they're finally making their small personal film. Here's the latest featurette for it.
Sony Pictures has to be happy with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' because they're already moving ahead with a sequel and have just hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ('Star Trek', 'Cowboys & Aliens') to co-write the sequel.