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Orci: Fantasy Vs. Science Fiction

Posted by T'Bonz - 01/08/13 at 12:08 pm


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Television has been turning to fantasy lately instead of science fiction, and Star Trek into Darkness‘ Roberto Orci thinks he knows why.

According to Orci, science fiction has hit a “stumbling block.”

“Part of it I think you can see sci-fi has slightly hit a stumbling block in some of the summer stuff that we saw,” said Orci. “I think maybe it’s typical a little bit that you jump between [being] totally logical and something a little bit more whimsical.”

Current TV fantasy hits include HBO’s Game of Thrones, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Orci has a new show coming out in the fantasy genre, Sleepy Hollow. In Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, and he must team up with a contemporary police officer to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers.”

Sleepy Hollow will debut on September 16.

Source: The Wrap

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  • Guest

    He’s awfully inarticulate for a writer. “I think maybe it’s typical a little bit” sounds like the bad guys in Atlas Shrugged, hemming and hawing.

  • Mike

    I’m curious what science fiction he’s talking about… Unless he’s suggesting something about his own mediocre work in STD.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    I think you’ve hit the nail.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Alledged writer.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Hit a stumbling block. If I understand the fool’s meaning, I surmise he’s talking about in terms of saleability, audience preference.
    First, I don’t think he understands what science fiction is, versus fantasy. or for that matter, fantasy versus a hole in the ground.
    Second, he clearly doesn’t understand that it is not a sharply delineated dichotomy. For instance, what he piddles is science fantasy.
    Third, I think what happened this summer is audiences got their fill of crap early on and left the trough.
    Lastly… Have I said any kind words about Roberto Orci lately? If so, I take them all back, coat them with pitch, light them on fire and shove them right straight up his ass.

  • nevilleross

    He’s hit nothing but a rock, as you have.

  • nevilleross

    Let’s see you do better, then-submit a script for a movie or TV show that would be accepted by Paramount/CBS/Bad Robot and that isn’t a fan wank. Oh yeah, I forget-you can’t.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Goodness Bob, did I ruffle your feathers?

  • AD

    he is right-fantasy has a broader appeal in film/tv right now, especially with a female audience.