September 7, 1973
Los Angeles, California
Alexander Kurtzman, Alexander Hilary Kurtzman
Writer, producer, director
Spouse(s) Samantha Counter (m. 2002)
Alex Kurtzman (born September 7, 1973) is an American film and television writer, producer and director.
Life and career [ edit ]
Kurtzman was born and raised in
Los Angeles, California, where he met his high school friend and longtime collaborator [1 ] Roberto Orci. He attended Wesleyan University. [2 ]
Kurtzman first teamed with Orci on television on the syndicated series
for the television unit of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Pacific Renaissance Pictures, then operating out of Universal International. After they produced several storylines to cope with the absence of lead actor Kevin Sorbo following a stroke that Sorbo had suffered during the fourth season, Kurtzman and Orci were placed in charge of the show. They were both aged 24. [3 ] They moved into films after they were asked to rewrite [3 ] Michael Bay's The film earned $162 million at the box office on a budget of $126 million, which was a sufficient success that they were brought back for Bay's The Island. which earned $710 million. Though Transformers, The Island, Transformers and were not particularly well received by critics, the three films earned a combined $1.7 billion. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen They wrote the 2009 film [3 ] alongside Star Trek J. J. Abrams, with whom they had co-created the Fox science-fiction series After the pilot, Kurtzman served as consulting producer on the show for the remainder of its run. Fringe. [3 ]
magazine described Orci and Kurtzman as "Hollywood's Secret Weapons" as, over the course of the previous six years, their films had grossed a combined total of over $3 billion at the box office. Forbes The partnership also wrote [3 ] originally known as People like Us, Welcome to People, which was Kurtzman's directorial debut. [3 ]
In April of 2014, both Orci and Kurtzman confirmed to
Variety that they would no longer work together on film projects; they added that they would still work together--but only on television projects. [4 ]
In 2002, Kurtzman married Samantha Counter, the daughter of lawyer
Nick Counter. [5 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television credits [ edit ]
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys co-executive producer, writer
Xena: Warrior Princess co-executive producer, writer
Jack of All Trades executive producer, writer
Alias supervising producer, co-executive producer, executive producer, writer
The Secret Service co-creator, executive producer, co-writer
Fringe co-creator, executive producer, consulting producer, writer
Transformers Prime executive producer
Hawaii 5-0 co-developer, executive producer, writer
Exit Strategy co-creator, executive producer, co-writer
Locke & Key co-developer, executive producer, co-writer
Sleepy Hollow co-creator, co-writer, executive producer
Matador [9 ] executive producer
References [ edit ]
^ "Alex Kurtzman Biography". IGN.com . Retrieved 2012-08-16.
^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)". New York Times.
^ a b c d e f Pomerantz, Dorothy (May 18, 2011). "Roberto Orci And Alex Kurtzman: Hollywood's Secret Weapons". Forbes.
^ "Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Splitting Up on Bigscreen (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. April 22, 2014 . Retrieved 2014-04-22.
^ Hubler, Shawn (June 27, 2007). "Reel life was his real love". Los Angeles Times.
^ Roberto Orci (2008-08-10). "The All New "Hey Roberto" Thread". Don Murphy . Retrieved 2008-10-22.
^ Fleming, Mike (April 24, 2012). "Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Re-Writing Sequel To ‘Amazing Spider-Man’". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved 2012-04-24.
^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "UPDATE: Fox Picks Up Three Drama, Four Comedy Pilots, Including 'Sleepy Hollow. '" Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved January 28, 2013.
^ Bibel, Sara (January 12, 2014). "Scripted Series 'Matador' to Premiere in Summer 2014 on El Rey Network". TV by the Numbers . Retrieved March 24, 2014.
External links [ edit ]
– The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Daniel Waters, James Cappe & David Arnott (1990)
– Hudson Hawk Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters, Bruce Willis and Robert Kraft (1991)
– Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Blake Snyder, William Osborne and William Davies – (1992)
– Amy Holden Jones (1993) Indecent Proposal
–Jim Jennewein, The Flintstones Steven E. de Souza, Tom S. Parker and various others (1994)
– Showgirls Joe Eszterhas (1995)
– Striptease Andrew Bergman (1996)
– The Postman Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland (1997)
– An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Joe Eszterhas (1998)
– Wild Wild West Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S. S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (1999)
– The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan (2010)
– Jack and Jill Steve Koren and Adam Sandler, story by Ben Zook (2011)
- That's My Boy David Caspe (2012)
- Steve Baker, Movie 43 Ricky Blitt, Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Claes Kjellstrom, Jack Kukoda, Bob Odenkirk, Bill O'Malley, Matthew Alec Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Olle Sarri, Elizabeth Wright Shapiro, Jeremy Sosenko, Jonathan van Tulleken and Jonas Wittenmark (2013)