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 »

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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 »

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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 »

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Developing a Thomas Edison Movie

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Thomas Edison, aka the Wizard of Menlo Park, was one of the most significant inventors in the US during the industrial age, and also a ruthless businessman. Soon he might also be the subject of a film from Paramount and JJ Abrams‘ company Bad Robot. Reports say the companies are developing an Edison film that will portray him as “a rugged eccentric genius.” Read More »

National Typewriter

A while back, a rumor began to circulate that J.J. Abrams was going to leave Star Wars Episode VII. The reason? He supposedly didn’t want to pick up and move to London, where Disney and Lucasfilm had agreed to make the movie. Abrams wanted to shoot it at home, in Los Angeles, California, and said as much in public.

Whether or not he was ever considering leaving the project over this gripe, we’ll never know. What we do know is that concessions have been made so Star Wars Episode VII will shoot, at least partially, in California. The Hollywood Reporter reports the Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica are getting a upgrade so Abrams and company can film at least some of the movie in his backyard. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams‘ penchant for secrecy is well known, but even by his standards this newest teaser from Bad Robot is very mysterious indeed. Not only do we not know what project it’s for, we don’t even know what kind of project it is — whether it’s a TV show, a movie, or something else entirely.

But the video itself is pretty intriguing, and I’m sure Abrams’ devoted fans will tear it to pieces for clues in no time. Check it out after the jump and speculate wildly in the comments. [Update: This could be for a novel. More info below.]

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