[UPDATE: It's Confirmed: Orci and Kurtzman are NOT writing Transformers 3]
On Tuesday, word spread online that the writers for Transformers and its sequel Revenge of the Fallen, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, would not be writing the third installment in the franchise.
The information originated from the Don Murphy forums were Orci participates regularly and it was here where the writer revealed that he and his partner are done with Transformers.
“Time for fresh blood!” writes Orci. “The main reason we would move on is because we risk getting stale and comfortable. If you only sing one song for too long, you miss the opportunity to sing news songs. We’ll see.”
While I enjoyed Transformers upon second viewing (the first time all I came out with was thoughts of the negative parts), my personal belief is that the main weakness of Transformers was its screenplay and that so many of its problems would have been rectified by different writing decisions. For that reason, I am pleased that the story, characters and dialogue will be written by others the third time around.
Whether that means just Ehren Kruger will write it himself, or others will come aboard to take Orci's and Kurtzman's spots. It'll give them a chance to focus on other (read: better) projects where they may have a tad bit more control of the final product.
I’m hoping for and expecting a better movie experience with Revenge of the Fallen but I am happy there will be new writers behind Transformers 3. Orci and Kurtzman have a real test this year with both Star Trek and Revenge of the Fallen having been written/co-written by them and debuting as Summer tentpole films - so we’ll get a real good look at their writing ability.
What do you think of this news?
Update: Collider managed to get these quotes out of Kurtzman and Orci on the subject of Transformers 3:
Why have you decided not to be involved with Transformers 3?
Bob: We’ve been working on Transformers longer than I was in college. I feel like we have our degree in Transformers now.
Alex: The franchise is so wonderful that it deserves to be fresh, all the time. We just felt like we’d given it a lot and didn’t have an insight for where to go with it next, and said, “You should do it right.”
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens June 24, 2009 and Transformers 3 is scheduled for July 1, 2011.
Update Source: Collider