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

By Nick Venable | 8 years ago


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.