CBS Developing Apocalypse Drama from ‘Star Trek’ Writers Kurtzman & Orci

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In the past several years, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have established themselves as one of the most popular screenwriting duos in the business today. The pair has written or produced such films as Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and Now You See Me; furthermore, they’ve become one of the go-to teams that studios bring in to spruce up an existing script, as with The Amazing Spider-man 2 and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow.

However, despite their extensive film work, Kurtzman and Orci are no strangers to television. The duo co-created Fringe with J.J. Abrams and developed Hawaii Five-0 for CBS. Now, it appears that they’re at it again with their latest project.

According to Deadline, CBS is developing a new drama series entitled Salvation from Kurtzman and Orci. The show – which the pair will executive produce – is set months before a looming apocalypse and follows a variety of characters as they grapple with impending doom and aim to keep the human race alive. Up-and-comer Matt Wheeler is onboard to write the series.

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Salvation is the first series Kurtman and Orci is developing under its new deal with CBS TV Studios. The duo previously inked a development deal with Fox and are producing the network’s upcoming Sleepy Hollow series, and Fox reportedly picked up their new Wyatt Earp series as well.

With the apocalypse as bankable as ever before, Salvation certainly  has the potential to develop into another hit for Kurtzman and Orci. However, with The Walking Dead and Falling Skies still going strong, television viewers may get weary of their weekly dose of end-of-the-world mayhem. Still, Salvation‘s saving grace could very well be that it looks to be positioning itself as a pre-apocalyptic series rather than a post-apocalyptic one (i.e. focusing on the lead-up to the end of the world rather than the grisly aftermath).

It’s not yet clear if Kurtzman and Orci are basing their new series around a religious apocalypse (like Dominion, the in-development Syfy series based on the film Legion), but regardless of how Salvation chooses to tackle the apocalypse, the show will likely face difficulty establishing itself from its competition. However, if there’s a team who can decipher a way to make the apocalypse fresh, perhaps the pair who resurrected the Transformers, Star Trek and Hawaii Five-0 brands can pull it off.

Do you think Salvation could bring a new spin to the end of days? Let us know in the comments.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on Salvation.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The last movie sucked… what else do you want from us, Hollyweird? How about make something worth seeing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Orci took a mental breakdown on another site yesterday.

  2. Thats the show they develop with the meteor impact on earth !
    Wonder if they take the show even after it !

  3. The last movie sucked… what else do you want from us, Hollyweird? How about make something worth seeing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Great, just what we need, more TV safe Apocalypse Dramas… let us not forget all the garbage Kurtzman & Orci have written, MI3, Cowboys & Aliens, The Island, All 3 Transformers movies, both Star Treks which hands down is the best thing they’ve done and probably is more to do with JJ then them.

  5. Can we just get more seasons of “Jericho”

  6. Well, I like Falling Skies a lot, so this new series will certainly be worth a few “trial watches.” Maybe I’ll get hooked like I did w/Falling Skies.

  7. Gotta love anything in this genre.

  8. I’m open minded about it sucking or having merit, but I firmly believe that Fringe lost the ambition to be a great show and became a profoundly half-assed contribution to the genre. Anyone who finds Lost’s story telling the least bit cynical and aimless probably hates what Fringe became, and resents the diminishing returns that defined the series. It left me highly dubious of the next move these guys might make, especially on tv. Forget if they did Alcatraz too… Maybe that was just JJ? Anyway, it was transparently low on genuine inspiration and creative inspiration.

    “By the writers of Star Trek.” I see this now, and wish it had a qualifier like the date of the movie perhaps. Considering these two wrote movie 11 and 12 of a franchise that contains hundreds and hundreds of hours over several decades, it seems intentionally misleading, or at least absurdly vague.

  9. “looks to be positioning itself as a pre-apocalyptic series rather than a post-apocalyptic one”
    So basically it is a meaningless Soap Opera? Thanks, that clears it from my radar entirely.

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