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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams across the universes

STAR TREK ABRAMS

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J.J. Abrams is a man of many enthusiasms, so speaking slowly is generally not his thing. But today the director arrives late for lunch at the dining facility of his company, Bad Robot, in Santa Monica. He’s carrying a plate of pasta, wearing an apologetic expression, and actually searching for words.

“I’m sorry,” he says, by way of an opener. “With today, it’s awkward. Or it’s going to be. Super awkward.”

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Tom Cruise attached to 'Van Helsing' reboot from writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

ORCI KURTZMAN

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Star Trek and Transformers screenwriter/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will tackle developing the reboot Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star as the famed fictional vampire hunter, studio Universal Pictures announced today.

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