Describe your experience writing such a big-budget action film. Was your approach to writing the script different from other projects you’ve worked on in the past?
Roberto & Alex: We never approach material from a place of “size” or “budget.” First, we identify the character story. Is it a love story? Is it about revenge? Redemption? Once we have that, we ask ourselves: Could we isolate that character story and write it as a $500,000 indie? If the answer is yes, then we figure out how to add the giant robots. Or the sword fights. Or the car chases. Because a funny thing happens from that approach—the action starts to grow from the people. From their predicaments. The stakes feel real as opposed to merely “big.”
Ein Interview mit den Drehbuchautoren Roberto Orci und Alex Kurtzman (u.a. Star Trek).