With Cowboys & Aliens hitting theaters tomorrow, yesterday afternoon I sat down with screenwriters/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for an extended interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we discussed Comic-Con, Cowboys & Aliens, balancing the western genre with Sci-Fi, Harrison Ford, Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People (which stars Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks), Hawaii Five-0, Fringe, the potential for TV show crossovers, the Star Trek sequel, 3D, Ender’s Game, the Star Trek video game (which takes place after the first movie), and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
If you’re looking forward to Star Trek 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Fringe season 3, the remake of Hawaii 5-0, the View-Master movie, or just want to know how movies are really made, you’re going to love the interviews I did with screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at this year’s Saturn Awards. While most of the time you’re lucky to talk to someone once at a big awards show, I managed to get a lot of time with these two very busy screenwriters as I spoke to them before the show on the red carpet and then backstage after winning The George Pal Memorial Award. What I’m trying to say is…I got tons of updates on everything I mentioned.
For fans of Star Trek, they say they’re about half way through the figuring out the story of the sequel and they are “circling” the villain. And for fans that are looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens (Jon Favreau’s next film), they talk about how the script changed when Daniel Craig got cast and how they got Harrison Ford in the film and so much more. Also, they said they didn’t think anything would be at this year’s Comic-Con…but I don’t necessarily believe that as Favreau knows how important Comic-Con is.
The interviews are loaded with great info, so hit the jump and take a look. Everything is time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you: