Monday, June 25, 2007

Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)

By DAVE ITZKOFF

  • WHEN they befriended each other in a high school class on French New Wave cinema, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci vowed that some day they would write intimate, character-driven films in the style of Jean-Luc Godard. “We were totally gung-ho to make really revolutionary independent movies,” Mr. Kurtzman said in a recent conversation. “We wanted to throw $50,000 into some movie and just make it.”

  • In Hollywood Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci have become the go-to screenwriters for mega-budget fare like “Mission: Impossible III” and “The Island,” as well as this week’s film adaptation of “Transformers,” based on the Hasbro toy franchise. And they have recently completed a “Star Trek” prequel intended to rejuvenate that venerable science-fiction franchise.

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