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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 »

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Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.

This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.

The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »

Some casting, some directing, some controversy and a couple Star Trek details are in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Olivia Wilde talks of possibly returning for a Tron: Legacy sequel.
  • Greg Kinnear and Josh Lawson join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson is definitely directing Resident Evil 6.
  • Warner Bros. is suing the J.R.R. Tolkien estate over a breach in contract with The Hobbit.
  • Bad Robot’s Action Movie FX App will get a Star Trek Into Darkness upgrade.
  • New Zealand is the latest country to get Star Trek Into Darkness a week early.
  • Peter Serafinowicz joins The Muppets…Again and Tina Fey discusses her character.

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When filmmaker J.J. Abrams appeared on stage a week ago with Gabe Newell of Valve Software, the two dropped a bomb: their companies will work together on several potential projects, one of which could be a video game, and which may also include films based on Valve game series Portal and Half-Life.

Their announcement of potential collaborative projects came right at the end of a talk that ranged through storytelling concepts as developed in film and games. Now you can watch the DICE event, Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, The Audience or the Player? complete with the film and game clips originally found in the presentation, in its entirety.

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