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 »


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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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 »