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No one expected a Cloverfield cinematic universe when the found footage movie was released in 2008. But last year, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot pulled a fast one on audiences, dropping the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane mere months before the movie hit theaters. A sort of spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane was only thinly connected to the events of the first film, as it was transformed from a psychological thriller originally titled Valencia.

Now, we can look forward to the third Cloverfield movie that has evolved from another screenplay titled God Particle. Screenwriter Oren Uziel has explained how God Particle came to be the third Cloverfield movie and it’s pretty interesting.

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Powerless Cancelled NBC

On this edition of TV Bits:

  • NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless
  • La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen
  • Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series
  • and more!

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HBO and Bad Robot Developing Space Drama ‘Glare’

J.J. Abrams space drama

HBO and Bad Robot are coming off a nice hit together. The first season of Westworld recently went out on a high note in the ratings, but on average, each episode was watched by around 12 million viewers, making it the most viewed first season of any HBO program. After a very successful collaboration, the cable network and Bad Robot are now developing another show, a space drama from the screenwriter behind Denis Villeneuve‘s EnemyJavier Gullón.

Below, learn more about the J.J. Abrams space drama project and Gullón’s work.

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JJ Abrams Bad Robot / Anna Foerster Lou

J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions has had a hand in some truly exciting projects over the past few years, ranging from megabudget juggernauts like Star Wars: The Force Awakens to scrappy but impressive thrillers like 10 Cloverfield Lane. So when they set their sights on another new film, it’s reason to sit up and pay attention.

Outlander director Anna Foerster has just been set to helm Lou, a dramatic thriller about the search for a kidnapped child. The screenplay by Maggie McGowan Cohn landed on the 2015 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.  Read More »

Daniel Bruhl in Captain America Civil War

Hot off of his villainous turn in Captain America: Civil War, Daniel Brühl is getting ready to launch himself into outer space. He’s the latest star to climb aboard the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller God Particle, joining David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Krasinski, and Elizabeth Debicki. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is directing for Paramount. Read More »

Dream Jumper

Actor Greg Grunberg and director J.J. Abrams go a long way back. Throughout their careers, the two childhood friends have consistently worked together. Grunberg had roles in FelicityAliasMission: Impossible III, and most recentlyStar Wars: The Force Awakens. With their next collaboration, Grunberg is no longer an actor-for-hire. J.J. Abrams is producing a film adaptation of the actor’s first graphic novel, Dream Jumper.

Learn more about the Dream Jumper adaptation below.

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Gugu Mbatha Raw in Jupiter Ascending

The mystery box surrounding the J.J. Abrams-produced God Particle has cracked open just wide enough to let in a couple more people. David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have just signed on to star in the sci-fi feature, which is being directed by Julius Onah for Paramount. It’s a major step forward for the project, which has been in development since 2012 but only recently set a 2017 release date.  Read More »

Phantasm (1)

J.J. Abrams is a big fan of Don Coscarelli‘s horror cult classic Phantasm. He’s such a big fan of it, in fact, that he even pays tribute to it in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Phasma, the “Chrome Trooper” played by Gwendoline Christie, is named after the 1979 movie.

And his love for the film doesn’t stop there. We’ve now learned that Abrams’ company Bad Robot has secretly overseen a 4K restoration of Phantasm from the original camera negative. Noted Coscarelli: “Star Wars isn’t the only ’70s franchise he’s rejuvenating this year!” More on the Phantasm 4K restoration after the jump.  Read More »

disneyinfinity-yavin-trench

Twisted by the Dark Side, young Skywalker has become. The boy you trained, gone he is… Consumed by Star Wars Bits. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • A glimpse at Space Mountain‘s Star Wars makeover at Disneyland
  • New interactive Star Wars event planned for Walt Disney Resort
  • Preview of Disney Infinity 3.0 on Apple TV featuring the Battle of Yavin
  • The interactive Star Wars playroom on Disney Cruise Lines
  • How to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens paper snowflakes
  • Sideshow Collectibles new Darth Maul figure
  • Footage from abandoned Star Wars: First Assault video game
  • A quick tour of the planets in Star Wars Battlefront
  • What fans would have gotten in abandoned The Force Unleashed 3
  • A Star Wars version of the Action Movie FX app is available

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Mission: Impossible 6

Audiences won’t be feasting their eyes on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation until July 31st, but that’s much earlier than the initial Christmas release that Paramount Pictures had planned. And in addition to being unable to wait to release the sequel in theaters, the studio is also jumping the gun on development of yet another sequel.

A new report has surfaced saying Paramount Pictures is already developing Mission: Impossible 6. At this time, no cast members are officially set to return for the sequel, but Tom Cruise will again be producing along with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg at Skydance Productions and J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot. Get more details below. Read More »