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Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3

Transformers News: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3

Monday, October 5th, 2009 9:28PM CDT

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Seibertron.com member Optimutt has just informed us of some recent rumors that have, apparently, been put to rest concerning Transformers and Revenge of the Fallen Scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

According to his post, Orci and Kurtzman will not be returning for the third installment of the Transformers movie franchise. Mr. Orci has hinted in the past that the two writers would not be returning for the film, but this seems to be a definitive answer about them and the third film. Here's what he had to report:


Recently on the Don Murphy Message Board, Roberto Orci, one half of the dynamic duo that brought us the stories for the first two Transformers movies, confirmed that he and his partner, Alex Kurtzman, will not be scripting Transformers 3. Ehren Kruger, brought on to help out with "Revenge of the Fallen", however, will remain to write the script.

When asked about Kruger's ability to write the story, Orci showed nothing but support, citing that "he really [does] his homework."

Orci implied that he and Kurtzman are hard at work on penning a sequel to their excellent re-imagining of the Star Trek movie franchise.

Elsewhere on the boards, Orci also displays what might possibly be embarrassment concerning Michael Bay's adaptation and what some might call "perversion" of Orci and Kurtzman's original TF2 script.

Check it out here:
http://www.donmurphy.net/board/showthre ... ost1403421



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Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006924)
Posted by Cliffjumper Prime on October 5th, 2009 @ 10:16pm CDT
I'm glad they're not coming back... they're good writers but micheal bay crapped all over their script for the second one... I'd be pretty pissed too... It's one thing to say once it's out of the writer's hands the director can do whatever he wants but what bay did was just awful... EVERYthing the critics and fans complained about was added after the fact by Bay, turning the movie into crotch jokes and racial stereotypes. I'd be pretty embarassed to say I wrote the movie too and be blamed for that crap that i didn't write. It doesn't matter who writes the third one because Bay is gonna do what he wants anyway. "oh we have a serious scene where someone dies? Throw in a garbage truck that farts a lot! it'll be hilarious!" UGH! ok that was a long pent up rant... sorry
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006929)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on October 5th, 2009 @ 10:36pm CDT
cool, i hope who ever does it will make it better than ROTF. no robot should be making a sex joke damn it! :-x
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006934)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on October 5th, 2009 @ 10:53pm CDT
Well thats part of the problem solved. Now we need to fix the rest. I still say we nuke bay. Without him there will be no TF3. No wait he'll probably live through it and use the explosion in TF3. We want him and his staff gone not to make their jobs (i use that word lightly here) easier.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006937)
Posted by Slayershoop on October 5th, 2009 @ 11:06pm CDT
Thank God... hopefully this will help TF3 if not I say we eliminate the shithead that made most of these decisions :arrow: Imma lookin' at you Bay... :o)
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006939)
Posted by Solrac333 on October 5th, 2009 @ 11:19pm CDT
I'm glad they are gone. I have a feeling that Ehren Kruger knows more about TF's than these two. I have no interest in their Star Trek movies. I'll just watch Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise reruns.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006943)
Posted by First-Aid on October 5th, 2009 @ 11:46pm CDT
omega666 wrote:I'm glad they are gone. I have a feeling that Ehren Kruger knows more about TF's than these two. I have no interest in their Star Trek movies. I'll just watch Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise reruns.


As a fan of the original series and TNG, I HIGHLY recommend the new Star Trek movie. I believe it was the best action movie of the summer and was a brilliant and unique reimagining of the franchise with some very interesting twists. It kept the original spirit of the series and movies intact. honestly, if that is what Orci and Kurtzman are truly capable of then TF3 is WORSE off than it was before they left; that movie was truly phenomenal with an indepth story, true characters,and unexpected twists (hello! Vulcan blew up!...or blew in or whatever). Their departure only reaffirms that it is Bay who is ruining the stories and the scripts...here's hoping this is the last TF movie he is involved with. I'd like to see Sam Raimi take it over for TF4 and beyond...or that chimp from "speed Racer"; he'd do a better job...
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006950)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 6th, 2009 @ 12:44am CDT
I'd like to hear both sides of the story before making a final judgment, either way, I believe everyone involved should share the blame.

I don't think any of them are perfect, nor do I expect them to be, but there's an awful lot of finger pointing going on here, and we're only hearing one side of it.

Maybe they had better intentions for the film than what was presented to us as the final product, but I still think the story could've been stronger on their end as well.

Past a certain point, a director can only screw up so much of the material he's handed, the rest is tinkered with by producers and the writing staff.

Again, I say, Bay's no hero of mine, but I think making him the only scapegoat in all of this is unfair. If it really was as bad as they claim, why didn't they walk away? Why didn't they fight for more creative control, etc?
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006951)
Posted by D-340 on October 6th, 2009 @ 12:50am CDT
Megatron Wolf wrote:Well thats part of the problem solved. Now we need to fix the rest. I still say we nuke bay. Without him there will be no TF3. No wait he'll probably live through it and use the explosion in TF3. We want him and his staff gone not to make their jobs (i use that word lightly here) easier.



:APPLAUSE: Very well put sir. If we got Spielberg to remove his head from his money cushioned rear end and realize Bay is the other half of the problem, TF 3 may have a chance of being somewhat worthwhile.

@ Orci and Kurtzman:

"Nah nah nah nah, Nah nah nah nah, Hey Hey Hey, GOOD BYE!"

**does a happy dance**
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006955)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 6th, 2009 @ 1:12am CDT
D-340 wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:Well thats part of the problem solved. Now we need to fix the rest. I still say we nuke bay. Without him there will be no TF3. No wait he'll probably live through it and use the explosion in TF3. We want him and his staff gone not to make their jobs (i use that word lightly here) easier.



:APPLAUSE: Very well put sir. If we got Spielberg to remove his head from his money cushioned rear end and realize Bay is the other half of the problem, TF 3 may have a chance of being somewhat worthwhile.

@ Orci and Kurtzman:

"Nah nah nah nah, Nah nah nah nah, Hey Hey Hey, GOOD BYE!"

**does a happy dance**


Unless you actually have Spielberg behind the camera, you're not going to see the movie you have envisioned.

You can get rid of Bay, you can bring in another director, but unless the material is really good, and there's someone to step in and say "Hey, whoa. Do not cross that line!" we're back to square one.

Now, if the 3rd movie turns out to be even worse than the first two (though I thoroughly enjoyed ROTF...) and Ehren Kruger can prove he wasn't the one dropping the ball, then we can fully say Bay's at fault. I'll admit Bay's not helping matters much, but seriously he ain't the only one behind the scenes.

Why doesn't Goldner come down off of his throne of money and say "We here at Hasbro would like more of this, less of that"? He doesn't. He sits there and counts his company's billions.

Paramount's not going to step in because they don't give a damn about the mythos and they too are counting the billions.

I think it's unfair to put all of the mistakes on one man. Unless he's Uwe Boll, who revels in making trash. Defends it, even.

Bay ain't Boll.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1006977)
Posted by Dead Metal on October 6th, 2009 @ 2:49am CDT
Good their TF stuff sucked.
I'm glad they concentrate on a sequel to their Star Trek as that was an awesome movie.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007010)
Posted by Zeds on October 6th, 2009 @ 7:19am CDT
Mixed feelings about this. I hope that they get a writer that knows TF lore for TF3!
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007031)
Posted by RiddlerJ on October 6th, 2009 @ 8:33am CDT
These movies have writers?
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007034)
Posted by JesWal on October 6th, 2009 @ 9:02am CDT
RiddlerJ wrote:These movies have writers?

I lol'd at that. :D

Yeah, I'm glad. I mean Star Trek was awesome, but ROTF...
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007074)
Posted by Solrac333 on October 6th, 2009 @ 11:35am CDT
Really don't see what was so wrong with ROTF. Loved it better than the first one, and I LOVED the first one.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007108)
Posted by starfish on October 6th, 2009 @ 2:20pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:I'd like to hear both sides of the story before making a final judgment, either way, I believe everyone involved should share the blame.

I don't think any of them are perfect, nor do I expect them to be, but there's an awful lot of finger pointing going on here, and we're only hearing one side of it.

Maybe they had better intentions for the film than what was presented to us as the final product, but I still think the story could've been stronger on their end as well.

Past a certain point, a director can only screw up so much of the material he's handed, the rest is tinkered with by producers and the writing staff.

Again, I say, Bay's no hero of mine, but I think making him the only scapegoat in all of this is unfair. If it really was as bad as they claim, why didn't they walk away? Why didn't they fight for more creative control, etc?


They can't fight for creative control. Once their original script is submitted, it then becomes property of Paramount, allowing Bay to pretty much rip it up and do what he likes with it.

I do think that, although not perfect, Kurtzman and Orci are excellent writers. The Star Trek film was almost universally praised, and their work on Fringe is also great.

I know we've only heard one half of the story, but if you look at Alex and Roberto's past history, you can see that none of it is quite as inane as what ended up on screen in ROTF.

As such, I tend to believe their side of events - they wrote a script, submitted it, got paid for it... then Bay and Kruger pissed all over it.

The story in ROTF isn't all that bad on paper - you can kinda see that, deep down, AK and RO's original storyline was pretty good. We have Sam again at the human heart of the story, dealing with his new life at college and his long-distance relationship with Michaela.

We also have the tried-and-trusted storyline of the Epic Quest, as Sam and the Autobots go on a hunt for the Matrix with which to stop the Decepticons and revive Prime.

We have the Decepticons' plan, which - true to their G1 roots - entails them stealing energy at the expence of the Earth's very existence.

All of that was in Orci and Kurtzman's original script, and none of it is intrinsically terrible. It's just that, having been rewritten to buggery by Bay and Kruger, only the basics of their original outline actually made it to the screen. And any of their storyline we did see was interspersed with leg-humping, dog sex, scrotum jokes and 'I'll pop a cap in yo' ass, brother!'

The fact that Michael Bay and Ehren Kruger have gained sole control over the writing (without any input - or indeed intelligence, sanity and true wit - from Kurtzman and Orci) is something to be worried about, not to be applauded.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007109)
Posted by Skullgrin140 on October 6th, 2009 @ 2:21pm CDT
I think its time Simon Furman hopped on board TF3 before its too late, If not then Bob Forward.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007118)
Posted by cybercat on October 6th, 2009 @ 3:02pm CDT
I do not recall where I read this (so don't shoot!) but I thought I had read somewhere that part of Kruger's 'contribution' to ROTF was the humor. If that is the case, gentlemen, we are in for a very robo-flatulent sequel.

I'm actually not down with Furman hopping on board this one. Furman does great stories, but he's a talking head/pontificational kind of guy. Lots of robo-angst and speechifyin'. That's what fanfic is for. And comics. A movie needs to keep hopping, and I don't see any chops Furman has for writing an action-movie formula script.

Now, I give Furman full credit--his comic 'adaptation' of ROTF hung together WAY better than the actual movie, with nice little touches (explanation of Alice's alt-mode, nice coda bit) but the part he kind of went off the rails on was precisely what we want to see the moving pictures for--the ACTION.

HK, I vote for Chris Mowry. At least he does Screamer right.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007134)
Posted by ACIDSTORM on October 6th, 2009 @ 4:02pm CDT
Skullgrin140 wrote:I think its time Simon Furman hopped on board TF3 before its too late, If not then Bob Forward.

I would not want simon furman to do any writing for the movie although it would be okay if he 'guided' with his tf knowledge if you know what i mean.
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007179)
Posted by It Is Him on October 6th, 2009 @ 7:17pm CDT
Question:

Has Ehren Kruger written any good movies?

When will he address concerns from the fans?

I'm glad Orci and Kurtzman have faith in him, but will he be capable enough to write a movie as entertaining as the first one?
Re: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman NOT to write TF3 (1007316)
Posted by Convotron on October 7th, 2009 @ 9:23am CDT
To be honest, I feel ambivalent about this news.

Movies are joint projects and the end result is affected by many different people. A great script can be ruined by the decisions of the director and producers. On the other hand, a bad script can be elevated by the director and producers.

No matter who handles the scripting, I have an expectation for a Michael Bay Transformers movie so I'll probably not be terribly surprised by TF3. If I am, I hope it's a pleasant surprise rather than a negative one.

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