Universal Pictures Acquires Sci-Fi Flick ‘Sagittarius A’

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Sagittarius A Orci and Kurtzman Universal Pictures Acquires Sci Fi Flick Sagittarius A

Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have consistently worked together for well over a decade, going all the way back to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Since then, the two friends have become full-fledged Hollywood movers and shakers, having helped shape such movies as Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the upcoming All You Need Is Kill.

Though the duo is known largely for dabbling in adaptations of previously established properties and sequels, they’re also no strangers to completely novel works. One such project – a pitch for a science fiction film known as Sagittarius A – has apparently piqued the interest of Universal Pictures.

Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a film based on the pitch for Sagittarius A. Though Orci and Kurtzman developed the background and relevant details for the pitch, the actual script for the movie will be penned by Steven Karczynski, a largely untested screenwriter. Karczynski has previously been noted as the writer of The Umbra, a thriller that has appeared on the Black List of best unproduced scripts.

Nothing is currently known about the exact content of the proposed movie. That said, “Sagittarius A” is a real term for an interesting astronomic feature located near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. An area of bright matter and strong natural radio signals, Sagittarius A is thought to contain a supermassive black hole of stunning size and power.

Sagittarius A joins a field of upcoming original science fiction films that show quite a bit of promise. These include Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, and Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium. This abundance of new and interesting properties seems to directly contradict the common wisdom that Hollywood filmmaking has degenerated into an endless slog of sequels and remakes.

Sagittarius A Galactic Center Photo Universal Pictures Acquires Sci Fi Flick Sagittarius A

While Karczynski will be responsible for the nuts and bolts of Sagittarius A‘s script, the film’s background with Orci and Kurtzman may give many pause. The writing duo have had their names on a good number of hits, but have also put out some questionable scripts throughout their career. Critics of the duo need only point to the less-than-stellar dialogue and plotting of the Transformers films to cast doubt on Kurtzman and Orci’s output. Whether some of the bad habits of their scripts trickle into a project they only developed is yet to be seen.

For the moment, Sagittarius A will have to remain intriguing but unknowable. Will the movie be a hard science fiction meditation on space travel? A disaster movie based around the idea of a black hole nearing Earth? A space opera that blazes through the center of the galaxy? Keep your eyes on the stars – and more realistically, on Screen Rant – as the film develops and we learn more.


Sagittarius A has no planned release date.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Please let it be a proper space exploration sci-fi movie without countless explosions. I know… with Kurtzman/Orci at the helm this is highly unlikely, but one can dream.

  2. No one would want to get to close to Sag.A, extreme radiation and gravitational forces that would spaghettify all matter. Maybe it merges with a smaller, as yet unknown, black hole and the ensuing gamma ray burst and shock wave moving through the spiral arms threaten the whole galaxy. A galactic scale disaster pic.

  3. “This abundance of new and interesting properties seems to directly contradict the common wisdom that Hollywood filmmaking has degenerated into an endless slog of sequels and remakes.”

    When that well (remakes) started to run dry and in the face of all the CBM movies on the market a studio like Universal has to do something to get a piece of the pie. I once thought that maybe they would pony up some cash to co-develop some CB properties that the big name people just couldn’t get to, but with movies like ‘Avengers’ succeeding so well all that is being held on to very tightly. You can tell though they’re still holding on to a buck pretty tightly themselves if they’re hitting up these overworked guys for scraps of stories instead of working with some top Science Fiction writers in the industry. There really is no shortage of interesting stories out there that have been published as books for decades. Of course none of that was invented in their little world so looking outside is just a horrible prospect to them…

  4. How about one on Libra? It is a constellation, a sign of the Zodiac, and a piece of French lingeree (“Le Bra”)!

    • Lmao. Good one!

  5. The Bad Robot School’s (Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof, and JJ Abrams) main downfall has been being boxed in by existing pop-culture franchises. Transformers, Star Trek, Prometheus (prequel to Alien). The blowback from the ending to Lost was mainly due to audience expectations of the world that got out of their control. Give them original properties like Sagittarius A for these two and Tomorrowland for Lindelof and they should be free to create and write. Or prove to the world that they are hacks.