Universal Signs First-Look Deal With Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products banner have signed a two-year, first-look production deal with Universal Pictures.
The duo, who wrote Transformers and Star Trek, will kick off their new relationship with Universal by re-imagining titles from the studio’s library including Van Helsing and The Mummy.
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“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tentpole films,” a joint statement from Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley said. “They have been a major part of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and television shows in recent history, and we’re eager to have them build on that success at Universal.”
K/O Paper Products will develop and produce a modern re-imagining of The Mummy in collaboration with producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts. They also will work on Universal’s new Van Helsing, which has Tom Cruise attached to star in and produce.
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As The Hollywood Reporter reported in April, Kurtzman and Orci have been tapped by Sony to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. They also are producing Now You See Me, for Lionsgate-Summit, set for release in March, along with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, also for Lionsgate-Summit.
Kurtzman and Orci wrote and produced People Like Us, which opens in theaters June 29. The film marks Kurtzman's directorial debut.
Kurtzman and Orci are repped by CAA and attorneys Michael Gendler and Kevin Kelly of Gendler & Kelly APC.