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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 »

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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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Bad Robot Script

Bad Robot just tweeted an image of three mystery scripts “hot off the presses.” Of course, the fanboy in all of us immediately thinks, “Is that Star Wars Episode VII?” Unfortunately, the Bad Robot Twitter account knows that too so, odds are, it’s not. But’s it’s still pretty cool to see the level of secrecy Bad Robot goes through to protect their words. Check out the full image below. Read More »

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Nearly forty years after his 1975 death, few names in genre circles carry the same weight as Rod Serling. The writer/producer/host created a cornerstone of the modern age of television with The Twilight Zone, and his approach to storytelling echoes today. (Sadly, his best tendencies are rarely emulated, but that’s the way it goes.)

Now J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have made a deal with the Serling estate to develop one of his lingering unproduced screenplays as a television mini-series — sorry, “event series.” The Stops Along the Way is described by Serling’s widow Carol Serling as “one of my husband’s favorite pieces,” and the story is one that Abrams has wanted to tackle for some time, and has been a focus of his long discussions with the Serling estate. Read More »

11-22-63

John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Years later, a man travels back through time to the year 1958. Upon arrival he’s infused with purpose. He has five years to do everything in his power to stop the assassination.

That’s the plot of Stephen King‘s novel 11/22/63 and J.J. AbramsBad Robot has just secured the rights to adapt the story for cable TV. Read More »