PaleyFest 2014: Mison, Beharie, Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman, and Goffman Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the evenings was to celebrate the huge success of the first season of the Fox television series Sleepy Hollow.  The modern-day twist on the Washington Irving’s classic tale of Ichabod Crane seems like a completely insane story idea, but has instead proven to be a fun ride that is very entertaining to watch on a weekly basis.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the evening, executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman and Mark Goffman, as well as actors Tom Mison (“Ichabod Crane”) and Nicole Beharie (“Lt. Abbie Mills”), talked about what’s up for the gang in Season 2, what type of new characters will show up, how Ichabod and Katrina will be dealing with their very complicated family drama, when the actors found out about what would happen in the season finale, how surprised they are that viewers want to see Ichabod and Abbie together, how monumental the fan response has been, whether Ichabod will ever change his clothes, and how there will be backstories for more of the characters.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Roberto Orci Talks THE SINISTER SIX, VENOM, and More

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Sony Pictures has released more images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and we’re starting to get to the “flipbook stage” where, by the time the film is released in May, there will probably be so many images, clips, and trailers that you’ll be able to put together the movie without seeing it.  We’re only in January, and I would say that one of these images already takes things too far, but this strategy is nothing new for blockbusters.  It’s total secrecy during filming and then spilling almost everything afterwards.  I personally find it irritating, but I suppose it’s nice for the people who are super-excited for Spidey’s next adventure.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you want to jump even further ahead in the Spider-Man saga, there are also some new comments from writer Roberto Orci on how they’re handling The Sinister Six, Venom, and more.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, and Sally Field, and opens in 3D on May 2nd.

Breaking Down Sony’s Villainous SPIDER-MAN Spin-Offs VENOM and THE SINISTER SIX

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A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted at expanding the Spider-Man universe, and I’ve been saying for months that the company’s superhero strategy rests on supervillains since they only have one superhero, Spider-Man (creating a superhero from scratch is apparently verboten).  Their only option is to dig into Spidey’s vast rogues gallery, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.  Last night, Sony outlined how they plan to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four).

Hit the jump for more details on the studio’s plan.

Huge SPIDER-MAN News: Alex Kurtzman Directing VENOM Spinoff Movie and Drew Goddard Writing and Possibly Directing THE SINISTER SIX

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If you’re a Spider-Man fan, Sony Pictures is about to make your day.  That’s because the studio sent out a late night press release loaded with future plans for the Spider-Man movie universe.  Here are the highlights:

  • Sony, in association with Marvel, are developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.
  • Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016.
  • Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon are writing the screenplay for a Venom movie, which Kurtzman will direct.
  • Drew Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise.

With the comic book genre making more money than ever at the box office, it’s no surprise Sony is pushing forward with more sequels and spinoffs.  We’ll have a lot more on this tomorrow, but until then, hit the jump for the press release.

[Update: For more on this story, click here for Matt's take on how Sony plans to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four)]

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.

Paramount to Develop TV Series Based on the Jerry Zucker Film, GHOST; CW Reboots TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE Series with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci

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Here’s some news on the latest TV adaptations:

  • Paramount is recreating Jerry Zucker’s 1990 film, Ghost, as a TV series.  The film starred Patrick Swayze as a murdered man who attempted to avenge his death after becoming a ghost.  Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner will write the pilot.
  • The CW is looking to reboot Tales from the Darkside, the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero.  Joe Hill will write the half-hour series and will produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.

Hit the jump for more on both projects. 

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Planning Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe

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If only Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman‘s business savvy were equal to their screenwriting talent.  The duo have no problem getting attached to blockbuster properties, and while part of that is being credited on previously successful blockbusters, there are other big-budget screenwriters who don’t become so prolific.   In addition to moving into television with Sleepy Hollow and plans to produce feature adaptations of Locke & Key and Dragonology, Orci and Kurtzman are also developing remakes of Van Helsing and The Mummy because it’s great to make movies no one wanted.  But it turns out they’ve got big plans for Universal’s stable of horror icons beyond simple remakes.

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Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Director Gavin Hood, Producer Roberto Orci, and More Talk ENDER’S GAME at London Fan Q&A

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The Odeon Leicester Square in London was surrounded by eager science fiction fans when I approached the cinema for the Ender’s Game Q&A fan event, being held for the MCM London Comic-Con. The book (by controversial author Orson Scott Card) has its fans and the crowd was there to see the film’s cast and crew. Stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Sir Ben Kingsley were in attendance, joined by the film’s director, Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci. However, the crowd really turned-out for the one and only Harrison Ford. The iconic Star Wars actor was his usual dry self as he took to the stage to discuss the film with his colleagues. There was a buzz in the air and clear excitement as he took to the stage to discuss the film in the lead-up to its release.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Ender’s Game Q&A.

Roberto Orci Has Met with CBS to Discuss a New Televised STAR TREK Series

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Earlier this year, I watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the first time, and it got me thinking how it would be great if there were a new Star Trek series on TV.  Then I remembered the franchise was in the hands of J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman, and I got sad because, to put it as mildly as possible, I am not a fan of what they’ve done with the franchise.  But it’s a valuable property, it originated on TV, and Paramount has a channel they could stick it on (CBS).  I’m slightly surprised nothing started brewing after the 2009 movie was a hit, but now something Trek-related might be boldly going to the small screen.

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Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner to Pen THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 Screenplay; Marc Webb Eyed to Return

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Sony is once again getting a jump on its next Spider-Man sequel, as the studio has tapped a trio of scribes to start penning the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3Alex Kurtzmn, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner are credited with the screenplay for next May’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Sony has now hired the trio to begin work on The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  The studio clearly has big plans for the rebooted Spidey franchise, as it recently set release dates for both Spidey 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for June 2016 and May 2018, respectively.  Hit the jump for more, including the likelihood of director Marc Webb returning for the third installment.

Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW, a New Version of Ichabod Crane, Making the Mythology Accessible, and More

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From co-creators/writers/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the modern-day twist on Sleepy Hollow finds Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers.  Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in the present-day town.  In a town that he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand, Ichabod teams up with Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), and the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken.

During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the new Fox series, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talked about how the concept for the show came together, what excites them about re-imagining already recognizable stories, where they’re looking to go with the first season, making the mythology accessible to the average person, the multi-layered vibe of the show, how they decided on this version of Ichabod Crane, getting to work in different time periods, and the challenges they had in bringing this story to life for the small screen.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

STAR TREK 3 to be Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; J.J. Abrams Negotiating to Produce

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While a new screenwriting team in the form of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (ThorX-Men: First Class) was recently teased as possibly taking over Paramount’s Star Trek film franchise, it looks like familiar faces Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will once again be returning for Star Trek 3.  The screenwriters are in negotiations to write the newest installment.  Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is in his own negotiations to produce the film.  Damon Lindelof will not be returning, according to the report; he’s likely busy with his upcoming HBO series, The Leftovers.  Hit the jump for more on this screenwriting news, why it’s great for the studio (and screenwriters themselves, obviously) but not necessarily a win for fans.

Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW, the Inception of the Series, Crafting the Headless Horseman, and More

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In this modern-day twist on Sleepy Hollow, premiering on Fox on September 16th, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled 250 years through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.  Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in the present-day town.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Len Wiseman talked about how this show came together, finding the look for the Headless Horseman, the time table for when he could get his head back, how the relationship between Ichabod and Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) will evolve, and how involved they’ll be able to stay with the project.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: ENDER’S GAME Panel Recap: New Trailer Revealed, Orson Scott Card’s Involvement, Putting the Characters Before the Visual Effects, and More

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I finally got around to reading Ender’s Game last month, and it’s an interesting book.  It’s incredibly strange at some points, but it’s also quite visual in addition to having interesting characters, so there’s certainly the potential for a strong adaptation.  After today’s Comic-Con panel, I’m still not entirely convinced, but I’m pretty damn close.  If nothing else, the action should be exhilarating, and while it may not quite hit at the deeper themes (it sounds like they were going too broad to really hone in one aspect), it should at least be an entertaining sci-fi flick, especially where the space battles are concerned.

Hit the jump to read my recap of the panel.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

Universal Developing LOCKE & KEY Feature Film Adaptation; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Will Produce

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The graphic novel Locke & Key has had a difficult road to being adapted in the past, but the prospect of seeing the story translated onscreen just became quite a bit more promising.  Heat Vision reports that Universal has picked up the supernatural comic series to develop as a feature film, with Star Trek and Transformers scribes/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci onboard to produce.  Created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the graphic novel centers on three siblings who return to their family home in Massachusetts following their father’s murder, where they stumble upon magical keys that give them various powers and abilities.

Locke & Key was initially developed as a potential television show produced by Kurtzman and Orci, but Fox ultimately decided to pass on the Mark Romanek-helmed pilot in 2011.  There’s no guarantee that a feature film adaptation will make it all the way to production, but Universal is certainly going to give it a go.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the failed pilot.

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