Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the screenwriting duo behind franchises like “Transformers” and “Star Trek,” have signed a first-look deal with Universal.
Though the two just signed up to write the sequel to “Amazing Spiderman” at Sony, they will reboot Universal titles such as “Van Helsing” and “The Mummy.”
“Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tentpole films,” Universal co-chairmen Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said in a statement. “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.”
Orci and Kurtzman have been collaborators for almost two decades and Kurtzman is about to release his directorial debut, “People Like Us,” this June.
Having reimagined "Star Trek" and worked on the third "Mission Impossible" movie, they will try to make a few other older franchises new again at Universal under the K/O Paper Products banner.
They will develop and produce a new version of "The Mummy," as well as "Van Helsing" with Tom Cruise attached to star.
"We’re thrilled to call Universal Pictures our home,” Kurtzman and Orci said in a statement. “From the moment we sat down with Adam, Donna, Peter, Jeff and the entire Uni team, there was an instant flow of inspired ideas.”