Alex Kurtzman speaking at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014
September 7, 1973 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||Alexander Kurtzman, Alexander Hilary Kurtzman|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Samantha Counter (m. 2002)|
Life and career
Kurtzman was born and raised to a secular Jewish family in Los Angeles, California, where he met his high school friend and longtime collaborator Roberto Orci. He attended Wesleyan University.
Kurtzman first teamed with Orci on television on the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, for the television unit of 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. They moved into films after they were asked to rewrite Michael Bay's The Island. The film earned $162 million at the worldwide box office, on a budget of $126 million, which was a sufficient enough success that they were brought to write Bay's Transformers, which earned $710 million. Though The Island, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were not particularly well received by critics, the three films earned a combined $1.7 billion. They wrote the 2009 film Star Trek alongside J. J. Abrams, with whom they had co-created the Fox science-fiction series Fringe. After the pilot, Kurtzman served as consulting producer on the show for the remainder of its run.
In 2011, Forbes 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. The partnership also wrote People like Us, originally known as Welcome to People, which was Kurtzman's directorial debut.
In April 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.
|The Legend of Zorro||co-writer|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||co-writer|
|2009||Watchmen||co-writer||uncredited script polish|
|Star Trek||co-writer and executive producer|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||co-writer|
|The Proposal||executive producer|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||co-writer, producer|
|2012||People Like Us||director, co-writer, executive producer|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||co-writer, producer|
|Now You See Me||producer|
|2014||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||co-writer, executive producer|
|2016||The Brothers Grimsby||special thanks|
|Now You See Me 2||producer|
|2017||The Mummy||director, producer||Filming|
|The Invisible Man||producer||Announced|
|TBA||Van Helsing||co-writer, producer|
|The Vampire Chronicles||producer||In production|
|1997–1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||co-executive producer, writer|
|1999–2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||co-executive producer, writer|
|2000||Jack of All Trades||executive producer, writer|
|2001–2003||Alias||supervising producer, co-executive producer, executive producer, writer|
|2004||The Secret Service||co-creator, executive producer, co-writer||pilot|
|2008–2013||Fringe||co-creator, executive producer, consulting producer, writer|
|2010–2013||Transformers Prime||executive producer|
|2010–present||Hawaii 5-0||co-developer, executive producer, writer|
|2011||Exit Strategy||co-creator, executive producer, co-writer||pilot|
|Locke & Key||co-developer, executive producer, co-writer||pilot|
|2013–present||Sleepy Hollow||co-creator, co-writer, executive producer|
|2017||Star Trek: Discovery||producer|
- Jewish Journal: "Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman ‘Transforms’ filmdom’s giant robot genre" by Adam Wills July 5, 2007
- "Alex Kurtzman Biography". IGN.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- Itzkoff, Dave. "Character-Driven Films (but Keep the Kaboom)". New York Times.
- 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.