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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to produce reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing; Tom Cruise attached to star in Van Helsing

Universal Pictures today announced the studio has signed a two-year first-look production deal with one of the leading writing/producing teams in the entertainment industry, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and their K/O Paper Products banner. The duo will kick off their new relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio’s library including Van Helsing and The Mummy. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Chairman, Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman, Donna Langley.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Peter Weller joins the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel + Benicio Del Toro out as villain

Peter Weller has joined the cast of producer/director J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel.

No details on the role were revealed by Variety, who broke the news, but the part is expected to be that of the previously reported secondary villain, who Variety previously reported as being “someone who’s older and in more of a […]

Sci-Fi White House drama Ex-Comm by Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty gets put pilot commitment at ABC

ABC has handed out a put pilot commitment for Ex-Comm, a sci-fi drama to be written by Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty, Deadline reports:

Ex-Comm is described as a present-day “presidential procedural” and a cross between the paranormal suspense of The X-Files and the political intrigue of The […]

Fox buys Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci untitled Wyatt Earp western

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have sold their second pilot this development season. Fox has bought the duo’s untitled western about the origins of Wyatt Earp [via Deadline]:

“…[The series chronicles] both the well-known incidents in his life such as the Gunfight at the OK Corral and lesser-known details of Earp and […]

Alex Kurtzman / Roberto Orci sell female-centered untitled drama to CBS with script commitment

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have sold an untitled female-centered, character-driven drama to CBS. Deadline reports the deal comes with a script commitment plus penalty. The untitled project was written by Anna Fricke and is based on author / researcher Robyn O’Brien [via Deadline]:

[T]he untitled project is based on Robyn O’Brien, […]

MTV considering picking up failed Fox pilot Locke & Key

Deadline is reporting that MTV is considering picking up the failed FOX pilot Locke & Key. The project, an adaptation of the Joe Hill graphic novel, was written by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek.

FOX pulled the plug on the project this past May and allowed the actors’ options to expire June 30. Friedman executive produced the project with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

A trailer for the series was leaked last month. You can watch it below.

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Super Bowl spot for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens

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Universal has released a new TV spot for director Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens. The film’s script was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. This TV spot will air during Super Bowl XLV, but has hit the web early. Click over the jump to watch it.

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Jesse McCartney cast in Fox’s Locke & Key

Deadline is reporting that singer/actor Jesse McCartney has been cast in Fox’s drama pilot Locke & Key. According to the site, McCartney will play Ty, “the eldest of the Locke children”. The role is considered the male lead.

Locke & Key is based on the comic book from Joe Hill and the pilot was written […]

Fox picks up pilot for Kurtzman and Orci’s adaptation of graphic novel Locke and Key

Fox has greenlit a pilot for executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s adaptation of the graphic novel Locke and Key. The project was given a series commitment from the network in August (see related story), but the greenlight means a pilot will be shot:

Hourlong is being adapted by scribe Josh […]

Spielberg joins with Kurtzman/Orci and Friedman for TV series based on Locke & Key

Steven Spielberg is teaming with Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (“Star Trek”, “Fringe”, “Cowboys & Aliens”) and Josh Friedman (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) to adapt Joe Hill’s graphic novel/comic series Locke & Key into a TV series:

First released in 2008, Locke & Key revolves around three kids who end up […]

Star Trek Writers Talk Sequel

Speaking at the 2009 Screenwriting Expo, Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci gave an update on the planned sequel, revealing that they expect it to be released in 2012, not 2011 as some had suspected:

“We’re rereading some of our favorite ‘Star Trek‘ novels now and watching the original series […]

Comic-Con 2009: Fringe Panel Impressions

The panel for the Fox sci-fi series Fringe featured writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman as well as showrunner Jeff Pinkner and some cast.  [All impressions courtesy sourced site(s)]:

I’d say the biggest news was that they revealed that the writing team has been working with J.J. Abrams and together they’ve mapped out the […]