STAR TREK 3 News: Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay Join Roberto Orci Sans Alex Kurtzman

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Although we still haven’t heard any official word on whether or not Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will direct Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek 3, it appears that a trio of writers have been hired to tackle the script.  Newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will join Roberto Orci for the task.  That last name isn’t new, as Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman have written the last two Star Trek movies (along with Damon Lindelof).  The catch this time is that Kurtzman will, reportedly, not be involved, making Orci the main force behind the script.  Hit the jump for more.

jd-payne-patrick-mckayAs Heat Vision reports, Payne and McKay will join Orci as the writing team for Star Trek 3.  A couple of years ago, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot set Payne and McKay to pen the adaptation of the graphic novel-picture book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel.  The duo also have written a script for Relativity’s Goliath picture, which appears to be stuck in development, and at last count, a feature film adaptation of the Spike TV series Deadliest Warrior.  As you may have guessed, none of these have gone to fruition.  It’s a safe bet that Star Trek 3 will see the light of day, but how much of the script is owed to them remains to be seen.

Though the third installment in the rebooted franchise remains without a title or release date, the studios are hoping to get it into theaters in time for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.  (Probably a good idea considering how crowded 2015 is already.)  Abrams, who is still on board the third film but only as a producer, recently spoke about the previous film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the possibility of Cornish directing.  See what he had to say here.

 




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  • varagor

    The last step is getting rid of Roberto Orci (who’s a bad person in addition to being a problematic screenwriter), and we’re golden.

    • $29319547

      Orci is one of those hysterical 9/11 truther douchebags and his lack of intellect shines through in his screenplays. This is the man responsible for Transformers Rise of the Revenge and Star Trite into Idiocy.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Really? Believing that 9/11 was a conspiracy instantly makes you a douchebag and an ignorant? So, if you believe in god and I’m not, that makes YOU a douchebag and an ignorant?

      • $29319547

        Yes, believing in 9/11 conspiracy theories makes you a douchebag and ignorant. Why should people of an average I.Q. or higher tolerate people spouting nonsense? Taking credence in that gibberish is like listening to what a man wearing a tinfoil hat while pushing a shopping cart full of empty cans has to say about politics, nodding slowly to yourself, and murmuring “maybe he has a point.”

      • $29319547

        P.S. belief in God also shows a fundamental lack of character and will power.

      • Khan

        Agreed.

      • edshrinker

        Reading your posts, you appear to be the one lacking character. It is quite clear you believe there is no power greater than yourself.

      • Leo Spaceman

        No from that picture I believe he is one of the guys that believes Nolan is God.

      • $29319547

        My Nolan avatar is ironic. I hates that arrogant bitch.

      • JayF

        Speaking of irony…

      • $29319547

        There are greater powers than me but not farcical, imaginary ones like God.

      • Kale

        How did get dragged into this disaster?

      • Kale

        I meant to say “How did God get dragged into this?”

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Agree with that. But does that make them douchebags and ignorants? Not quite. If they want to force to believe that and won’t accept your beliefs, then yes, they are douchebags and ignorants. But if they respect you, and you respect them, then no, they are not douchebags and ignorants. And even if they were, they have the right to be

      • $29319547

        It’s not being open-minded to allow people to engage in wanton idiocy that distracts from larger, legitimate issues. 9/11 wasn’t an inside job and wasting everyone’s time by promoting the idea that is was activately holds back the progress of mankind.
        It’s like global warming deniers. At this point, it’s inarguable that it’s a real thing. Yet we have people who will deny it until they’re red in the face while others let them have their say because of some misplaced desire to appear open-minded and even handed. Foolishness should not be tolerated.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        As you say, global warming can not be denied at this point, and I agree to an extent that foolishness should not be tolerated. But 9/11 is far from being clear! Too many coincidences, too many obscure events. For 9/11 conspiracy theorists the possibility that it was an inside job has far more serious implications than we could think about. You can’t take away from them their “quest” if we can call it that because, for them, is a good thing and can have important repercutions on mankind. Until we can’t prove that it was or wasn’t an inside job, I think we can’t rule them out already as douchebags and ignorants.

      • Bob

        Yes your right, anyone that disagrees with you should be rounded up and put in a camp.

      • $29319547

        Thank you! Finally, someone sees the light.

      • Grayden

        Couple things.

        First, when you look at actual evidence from 9/11, not what CNN or FOX ever showed, but real evidence from engineers, eyewitness accounts from firefighters/police/first responders. You’ll see that it wasn’t hijackers and airplanes that brought the towers down. Also, if your mission was to destabilze America, why “attack” the CIA? Why not crash into the White House, or the Capitol? Why these weren’t targets is far more interesting than what were the targets.

        Second, if you think open-mindedness halts the progress of mankind, you are exactly the kind of person who believes everything they are told. The kind that the elite in power want to produce. Swallow what you’re told! Question nothing! Interesting that you believe in “Global Warming”. Though, because you still call it that, I rather think you have no idea what it actually is.

        Lastly, “Global Warming” is a hijacked phrase. Climate change instigated by the Industrial Revolution and continued processes of industrialization is real. I roll my eyes every time someone says “Global Warming”. It’s a slogan, a political word; It has no meaning beyond that.

      • $29319547

        Lol! The best thing to do in situations like this is to provide enough of a noose for these idiots to slide their necks into and hang themselves. I could ridicule you for being so stupid but it’s much more fun listening to total illogical nonsense.

        But one point must be made: “Also, if your mission was to destabilze America, why “attack” the CIA? Why not crash into the White House, or the Capitol?”
        Ever heard of United 93? The plane headed toward the Capitol didn’t make it there because the passengers intervened. Here’s a tip: get your news from credible sources instead of group emails.

      • doctor_robot

        we shot 93 down. i was watching the news that day… right from rumsfeld’s lips. next day… he changed the story. acted like he never said it.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        If you don’t believe that, then don’t listen! Still can’t see the point of that belief being a sign of a douchebag and an ignorant. Some conspiracy theories actually have some points that, even if you can’t believe that outright, at least make you question some other things.

      • Khan

        I think we are right to question some of the attac.ks in Human History, because it’s been done since before Christ was born.

        If
        the other country or kingdom has a valuable strategic or economical
        position or valuable natural resources, create a shocking situation for
        getting your people’s support and to legitimize in the eyes of the
        world’s (the public opinion) an incursion into foreign teritory and
        either destruction or change of the government to one that suits your
        interests.

      • $29319547

        Hee hee. And here…we…go!

      • Leo Spaceman

        I’m not going to get into the quality of Orci as a person because before these comments I never really knew anything about him, but you have to be a complete dumbass to blame Revenge of the Fallen on the writers. There was literally a writer’s strike that forbid them from writing the movie. All they had were a set of ideas that they were able to turn in at the deadline before the strike and Bay thought that was enough for them to go and film and wing as they go and then make something out of it in the edit room.

      • $29319547

        So why did the first one suck shit then?

      • Leo Spaceman

        First one sucked because of Bay too. If you go back and look at the plot of the movie while I agree it was childish and a bit of a kid movie (The film is just a feature length toy commercial after all), the storyline itself was a well developed and thought out script with a proper 3 arc story and reasonable logic and reasoning that reached just the right level of complexity for the target audience. Bay’s directing style came in and took its toll but when you comparing the quality of the plot from the film that Orci wrote to the latter two there is a considerable difference. Additionally the first one was guided by the hand of Spielberg (I don’t tend to care for his films but the storyline is always well structured). After the success of the first one, the studio gave Bay the keys to the kingdom and let him go to town on it and do whatever he wanted. Look how much worse they became after that.

      • Grayden

        Are you guys both under the age of 20? Transformers has always been about selling toys. The cartoon in the 80s? Yup, made to sell more toys. Transformers, G.I.Joe, and many others were toy lines made into cartoons, made into movies.

        For the record, the first Transformers movie isn’t really that bad. It’s the best of the three, and a decent film.

        Also, are you guys sure you aren’t confusing Orci with Lindelof? I’ve never seen or heard hate for Orci, but Lindelof…all the time.

      • $29319547

        I know Orci is a 9/11 truther douchebag and lindelof for all his failings (and they are legion) isn’t THAT stupid. Plus he’s just a plain ole shitty writer. You have to have a knowledge of how writing works to see it. Plebeians tend not to notice poor writing unless its a Batman and Robin level of terrible, hence why The Dark Knight Rises is considered “good” by morons.

      • edshrinker

        Sleepy Hollow and Fringe redeems anything else he ever writes.

      • Khan

        That does sound like bay the moron.

    • axalon

      Interesting you say that. I know a couple people who have met him and they all have nothing but bad things to say about him.

      • varagor

        I’m not saying he’s the spawn of the devil, but he was very rude to people who dared to criticize his work, telling them (among other things), to fuck off, and later reffered to them as morons.

      • axalon

        Yeah he’s not evil or anything but he’s certainly not approachable and definitely thinks a bit of himself.

      • DiggeryPoo

        Orci is an awesome guy in person and I’ve heard him personally bash Transformers 2. He hates it as much as all y’all. Remember that movie was made during the writer’s strike. Also just because someone likes conspiracies doesn’t mean they’re a terrible person.

      • $29319547

        Look Orci, just take your criticism like man and stop posting on these boards under a different name.

      • Khan

        Oh that’s right ! I never thought of the Writer’s Strike when critiquing that movie, interesting position that of Orci though, did he made the worst script possible on purpose ?

      • Khan

        Not being sarcastic.

    • Doug

      Yep. If it makes you feel any better, Orci is really only there as an advisor. J.D. is your main man, a gifted writer and one helluva swell guy. Patrick is as good as they come in both writing and someone you’d want at your pool party. Hollywood has their new Golden Boys in Payne/McKay; anyone who’s read their screenplays will tell you they haven’t seen a team this fun since Lucas/Spielberg. Now leave them alone, so they can create worlds!

  • bork1138

    hopefully the writers will ditch the crayons for this trek film

    • SomeGuy

      I hear they’re upgrading to colored pencils.

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  • Strong Enough

    alex and bob are great writers when you talk about summer blockbusters. their filmography is pretty good. First star trek is a perfect summer movie

    • $29319547

      Sigh.

      • Strong Enough

        in the realm of summer blockbusters no one is better.

      • $29319547

        James Cameron.

      • Strong Enough

        We are talking just screenwriters not directors/writers

      • $29319547

        No, you’re talking out of your ass. lulz ;)

      • Strong Enough

        not really. Alex and bob are the best screenwriters for hire in the biz when it comes to summer films. ;)

      • $29319547

        No, you’re talking out of your ass. Enjoy Cowboys and Aliens, Into Darkness, Revenge of the Fallen ass clown. Lulz;)

      • Strong Enough

        cowboys and aliens was written by 7 other guys lmao. but we can agree to disagree. i really don’t care to be honest.

      • $29319547

        Durrr. You’re the worst strong enough. You make stupid claims and you don’t even have the cajones to back up your words. It’s sad.

      • Strong Enough

        Sure because life depends on a comment section on a little movie site. you’re blowing my cocaine high.

    • Leo Spaceman

      They are great writers for their target audience and the target audience of Blockbusters tend to be for lack of a better word stupid.

      • Strong Enough

        not stupid. fun. not every movie needs to be out of the furnace. I can take Nebraska with my transformers 4

      • $29319547

        Not everything has to be insultingly stupid either.

      • Strong Enough

        Never said everything. Like i said previous post. I like my smart films, my serious films, my popcorn films and so on. I just love movies :)

      • eternalozzie

        preach it brother man … the transformer movies are bad movies but I love them … bring on number 4 …. I go to the movies to have fun most of the time …

      • Strong Enough

        Exactly. Nothing wrong with sitting down with a big bucket of popcorn and watching shit blow up for 2 hours. We all need a little fun at the movies

      • $29319547

        @strongenough:disqus, so did you go to clown school or are you some sort of clown prodigy?

      • Strong Enough

        why you so mad bro? lmao

      • $29319547

        I’m not mad. I’m genuinely impressed that somebody can consistently make an ass out of themselves like you do. It’s a rare gift my friend.

      • Strong Enough

        yup you mad! lmao!

      • just

        hack writers, means terrible writers.

    • nal

      The remake star trek by JJ?!

      Are you a fucking moron?! Seriously, you think that movie is good?! That JJ star trek is a complete turd fest! It is a terrible movie! It is complete bullshit!!

      JJ’s both star trek remakes are both puerile shit and should be both destroyed, they are not star trek. Star wars is screwed now with jj the hack abrams!

      Get your mouth off of JJ’s jewish meat balls!

      You sick dumb, asshole, shit!

      • Strong Enough

        95 percent on RT? second one got 87 percent? looks like you’re in the minority buddy! ha!

        and by the way. J.J. isn’t jewish. just a plain whiety like yourself! lmao!

  • Kale

    So let’s go over the facts so far, J.J. Abrams is not directing (Thank you Jesus), We got an Edgar Wright wannabe in talks for directing (ok), and they just hired a writing team that will be probably write a descent script, but no matter what it will get polished by the worst writer of that K/O team (WHAT?). Wow, How this happen? Next they’ll tell us, that William Shatner is going to be the villain in the next movie. Could things get any worse for this franchise?

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  • pinkincide

    Can we actually go on a TREK now? As in “a long arduous journey” away from earth? These new guys are like kids who grew up and won’t move out of the house.

  • poppincherry

    Another plot hole filled Star Trek movie. Just what the fucking doctor asked for. Count me out. I saw the first one, meh! The second? Hell no and I won’t see the 3rd one.

  • the truth

    Fail, don’t want star trek to have yet again another damn stupid, abysmal remake like the last two JJ remakes. JJ fail, Paramount fail!

    • Seamus

      DITTO!

  • shu

    total bs fail. and also, the two guys in that photo above look like fags

  • jj = jewish juvenile abrams

    Star Trek is forever ruined because of the shit head that is JJ Abrams. Jewish Juvenile Abrams, dumbass shit head he is.

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  • $29319547

    America attacked both Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan first. Then Iraq. I’m not American.

  • $29319547

    Don’t be a slave to Rottentomatoes bro. Think for yourself!

  • $29319547

    The Iraq war was bullshit no doubt. EVIDENCE supports that as the US was lured into that quagmire under false pretenses that were later proven to be untrue. The 9/11 was an inside job theory has no evidence to support it, at least none that holds up under scrutiny.

  • $29319547

    Khan ruled brah. Better Ricardo than some effete limey playing an Indian.

  • $29319547

    Lol! DURRR

    Durr if like the US wanted to use the a-bomb DURRR then obviously pearl harbor was an inside job DURRRRR! because DURRR! they needed an excuse to attack Japan. A Derp a derp a tiddley derp derp

  • Grayden

    Not knocking Montalban, but Cumberbatch is one of the most underrated actors today. His Khan wasn’t Indian either so to say he was playing one is false. I don’t think many fans understand what J.J. did when he RE-BOOTED the franchise. The time traveling was a vehicle for not only an interesting story, but it was, in effect, his way of saying this universe is completely different. I don’t know why everyone assumed that J.J.’s “Trek” universe was ever the same as the TOS universe. Once you let go of the preconceived notion, then you really have nothing to bitch about when it comes to Khan, or anything else shown in the films.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    You are are aware that everything you post endorses closed mindedness. If you actually want people to think for themselves, then they’ll frequently come to conclusions different than yours.

  • $29319547

    Haha, thanks Socrates.

  • $29319547

    Hahah. Thanks Socrates.

  • $29319547

    Lol Socrates. Deep brah!

  • $29319547

    Way to dig deep Socrates. Lulz ;)

  • $29319547

    DURRRRR!

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Exactly

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