Before the doping scandal, Lance Armstrong‘s career seemed like one of the most inspiring stories in all of sports history. Now that he’s finally confessed to his cheating after years of denial, his biography still makes for a pretty great tale — it just isn’t an especially uplifting one.

Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot have noticed the dramatic potential in this new version of events, and are eagerly preparing to bring it to the big screen. The companies have just closed a deal for the screen rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, an upcoming biography by Juliet Marcur. More details after the jump.

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Over the years, J.J. Abrams has taken us to New York City, mysterious Pacific islands, post-apocalyptic Chicago, and outer space. And he’s still not done widening his horizons. In fact, his next project may be his biggest departure yet.

Abrams is making his first foray into animation with the acquisition of Beastlies, with the intention of creating a movie and TV series based on them. But wait — what exactly are Beastlies? Hit the jump to find out.

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Another day, another super-secretive but highly intriguing J.J. Abrams movie. Paramount has just begun developing a sci-fi pic titled Collider, and while — surprise, surprise — the longline is being kept under very tight wraps, the talent involved definitely makes this one we’ll keep on our radar. /Film favorite Edgar Wright originated the idea, which is now being scripted by I Am Legend scribe Mark Protosevich. (Slightly) more details after the jump.

[UPDATE: Shortly after we ran this story, Deadline amended their story to indicate that Wright will, in fact, co-write and direct Collider.]

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The relationship between Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot has proven to be a fruitful one over the years, resulting in such successes as Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, and the last two Mission: Impossible movies, and the companies aren’t planning to part ways any time soon.

Earlier this year, Bad Robot renewed its first-look deal with Paramount through the end of 2015, and they’re making the most of it. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel is being distributed through the studio, of course, and just yesterday they snapped up the low-budget sci-fi flick God Particle. Now they’ve got another project lined up, a Nazi-hunting action thriller titled Wunderkind.

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Since Paranormal Activity became a runaway success for Paramount, the studio has become more and more interested in low-budget films that might have high profit margins. There have been two more Paranormal Activity films, with a third sequel on the way, and the company started a sub-label called Insurge meant to buy or produce so-called ‘micro-budget’ films. The first big Insurge release was the terrible The Devil Inside, which despite being crap, grossed just over $100m globally against a budget of $1m.

In any business, we call that ‘encouraging.’

So Paramount is sallying forth with more low-budget thrillers. The next may be a science fiction affair called God Particle. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are being set to produce the script, which was written by Oren Uziel. Read More »

If the current wave of prequels, sequels, threequels, remakes, reboots, and retellings is wearing you down, the good news is that Paramount and Warner Bros. have just put a couple of original sci-fi projects on our horizon. Paramount is teaming up with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot for an untitled thriller from “rising scribes” Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, while Warner Bros. has hired commercials director Nic Mathieu to make his feature film debut on The Wind, from Mission: Impossible writer David Koepp.

So far, so promising. But there is one catch: We have little idea what either of them are about, because the plotlines are being kept under tight wraps. Read about what we do know after the jump.

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Briefly: Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot are putting together a new mystery movie, and have tapped Brad Parker to direct. Parker made The Diary of Lawson Oxford, and also worked as second-unit director on Let Me In. Keeping things in the family, Let Me In director Matt Reeves will produce this currently untitled action film, alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk.

The script is by actor and writer Michael Gilio (who wrote a draft of Carter Beats the Devil)  but we’ve got no details on it right now.

Gilio also wrote a draft of Treasure Island that had Paul Greengrass attached for a moment, and he wrote a script called The Interventionalist with which Alexander Payne was involved back in 2010. He also had the script Big Hole on the 2008 Black List. None of that stuff is produced yet, however, so unless you track down the feature Kwik Stop, which Gilio wrote and directed in 2001, this Bad Robot film will be the real introduction to his writing work. [Variety]

Thanks to Bad Robot, iPhone and iPad users can now insert themselves into a high-end action special effect. The company behind Lost, Alias, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Super 8 has just released a cool, free iPhone app called Action Movie FX that allows users to shoot a short scene on your phone or tablet and then layer in a big explosion, attack or crash just like in a movie. Read more and watch all the effects in action after the jump. Read More »

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