Star Trek’s Kurtzman And Orci Sell Sagittarius A, An Original Sci-Fi Pitch


There are certain people in Hollywood who are such hot properties, they could get a cold and their sinus headache would be optioned as a feature. If it’s possible they aren’t at that level yet, the writing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are at least hogging the shit out of cusp of that kind of popularity.

Kurtzman and Orci have just sold an original sci-fi thriller pitch to Universal Pictures called Sagittarius A. What did the pitch consist of? A title, but that’s all I know. Sagittarius A is the supermassive black hole in the middle of the Milky Way, so there’s probably a large, existence-swallowing clue right there. Considering these guys have given the world everything from Fringe to Transformers to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, there are probably going to be some huge ideas involved with the feature. Of course, they also put Cowboys & Aliens and The Legend of Zorro out there. It’s probably asking too much for it to take the dark turns that Event Horizon did, but a Paul W.S. Anderson project should never be the goal anyway.

And they won’t even be writing the script. That duty falls to Steven Karczynski, who developed the pitch with Kurtzman and Orci. While Karczynski has no produced screenwriting credits, his Black List screenplay The Umbra has Martin Campbell (Green Lantern) attached to direct. He also adapted the sci-fi video game Dark Void for Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

Expect more details about the film, such as the year it is set, or the astrological sign of its main character, in the months to come.


The Japanese Invented A Robot Suit, Named It HAL

Seemingly in preparation for the release of director Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, the world has decided it’s about damn time human’s had real-life wearable robot suits. And late last month we got one step closer to making this a reality. A Japanese robot suit was awarded a global safety certificate.



Battleship Gets The Inevitable CinemaSins Treatment

For a film as poorly planned, conceived, written, and acted as was Peter Berg’s Battleship, it’s kind of ridiculous that anyone would want to spend supplemental time with it in order to shine light on all of its faults, and that I would spend time writing about how good the video is at pointing out how terrible the movie is. But then, avoiding redundancies isn’t something humanity is known for.

CinemaSins are the YouTubers who rip popular big-budgeted movies apart for their “sins,” and while films like these always have factual errors for people to point out, a liberal dose of humor and opinions are thrown into these videos. But again, it’s fucking Battleship, possibly the biggest action cliché to ever exist, replacing the dumb enjoyment – was it even that? – of The Expendables films with more unbelievable junk. For better or worse, here is “Everything Wrong With Battleship in 6 Minutes or Less.”


This X-Wing Bed Is Cooler Than Where You Sleep

This kid has a much cooler bed than you. Sorry to those of you who think you have a pretty sweet setup in the bedroom, but here’s a fact of life that you’re going to have to get used to: your bed will never be more than the second best bed in the galaxy. Imagine that you have bunk beds, only the top bunk is Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing fighter from Star Wars. And if that isn’t awesome enough, imagine that you can sit in this top bunk/cockpit and actually watch Star Wars. Granted, you may have to be a small rebel child to fit, but that’s beside the point.



Star Trek: The Video Game Will Explore The Plight Of The Vulcans

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie made many changes to the original timeline, but perhaps none more drastic than the destruction of the planet Vulcan, leaving Spock and his people an endangered species. While the movie may have angered some Trekkers, it’s one of the elements I respected the most, simply because it stood behind the thesis that there was no point in redoing Trek if you were going to do the same things all over again. (We’ll see if Star Trek Into Darkness stays true to that, namely in whether Benedict Cumberbatch proves to be playing Khan or not). Now it’s been revealed that the upcoming, in-canon Trek video game will be further exploring the plight of the surviving Vulcan people.

The game stars Kirk and Spock, allowing gamers to play co-coperatively as the two, or letting a single player switch back and forth. We’ve also known for a while that the game is set between the two movies, and that the lizard-like Gorn are involved as primary antagonists, but other story details have been few. Now Coming Soon has landed some new details about the game, including that some of the surviving Vulcans will play a role.



After Earth International Poster Needs A New Shirt

Hey Will, Jaden, you guys have something on your shirts. Oh wait, that’s just a new international poster for your upcoming sci-fi adventure, After Earth. Sorry about the misunderstanding.