Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Split up Partnership

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been the most successful screenwriting duo of the last decade. Their list of credits include some of the biggest franchises in film, as well as some of the most critically acclaimed shows on television. However, Kurtzman and Orci announced that they are dissolving their partnership, although it is on good terms.

If you want to see how successful the duo are, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci worked on television with shows like Hercules, Alias, Sleepy Hollow and the fantastic Fringe. They also wrote the first two movies in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars reboot, the first two Transformers movies, Mission Impossible III and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. Whether you like their work or not, they are very successful.

Now, they are going their separate ways. Their TV production company will remain in operation, but they are not working as co-screenwriters anymore. Orci will remain with the Star Trek franchise, and might even direct the third movie with J.J. Abrams moving on to Star Wars. Kurtzman will stick with the Spider-Man franchise and is planning to direct the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off movie Venom.

The main reason that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are splitting up as a writing team is so they can pursue their dreams of directing their own movies. With both men possibly getting the chance for major franchises, it made sense to move on in their careers. While Orci is working on landing the Star Trek gig, Kurtzman has a lot on his plate, including Venom, and reboots of Universal monster movies like The Mummy and Van Helsing.

While they are splitting up on the big screen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci still have a lot going together on television including Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-O as well as pilots for Scorpion (CBS) and Identity (CW). The two men have been working together since 2005.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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