Opening in theaters on June 29th is the new drama People Like Us, which was written by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and also marks Kurtzman's directorial debut. The film stars several actors that the two writers have collaborated with before including Chris Pine (Star Trek), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens), and Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens), as well as Elizabeth Banks (Man on a Ledge), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), and Mark Duplass (Your Sister's Sister). The film also features a score by Academy Award-winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), and an end credit song co-written and performed by singer/songwriter Liz Phair (Exile in Guyville) entitled "Dotted Line."
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the rare pleasure of sitting down with director and co-writer Alex Kurtzman to talk about his work on People Like Us. The first time director discussed his new film, the true-life experience that it was inspired by, getting the project made, why Chris Pine's performance as James T. Kirk in Star Trek made him perfect for this role, casting other former collaborators like Olivia Wilde, and Jon Favreau in the movie, and how the experience of working with J.J. Abrams prepared him to direct his first film.
To watch our exclusive interview with director/co-writer Alex Kurtzman about People Like Us, please click on the video player above.
People Like Us tells the story of a struggling man (Pine) who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister (Banks) he never knew existed, and her troubled 12-year-old son.
To watch our exclusive interview with musician Liz Phair about writing "Dotted Line" for People Like Us, please click here.
To watch our exclusive interview with Alex Kurtzman about the status of the Untitled Star Trek Sequel, please click here.
People Like Us opens in theaters on June 29th.