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 »

Welcome to another J.J. Abrams-produced mystery island show. Alcatraz was one of several new TV series premiered at San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday night, and it was by far the standout.

The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners and guards vanish without any explanation. For some reason we don’t yet know, a prisoner named Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) appears in present day Alcatraz and makes his way to San Francisco to seek payback from those who’ve done him wrong. It’s up to a spunky young police officer (Sarah Jones), assisted by a geeky Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia), to stop Sylvane, all the while dealing with a mysterious federal agent (Sam Neill) who clearly knows more about the Alcatraz disappearances than he lets on. Read More »

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Cool Stuff: Bad Robot Statue (with Slusho)

Most film geeks will recognize the Bad Robot logo (pictured above) which can be found attached to most of JJ Abrams-produced/directed projects, movies and television series such as Lost, Fringe, Star Trek, Cloverfield and the upcoming Super 8. Quantum Mechanix is producing a Limited Edition Maquette based on the production company mascot.

Offered to the public for the first time, this mischievous mascot of Bad Robot Productions stands 10 inches tall and is cast in solid polystone. Sculpted from the original digital model, each statue in this 1,000-unit edition is hand painted in exceptional detail and features modular arms.

Included with the statue is an optional modular arm containing a cup of Slusho, the frozen drink which has appeared in many of Abrams films and shows. Each Bad Robot maquette is on sale for $89.95, individually numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Hit the jump to see some images of the figure.
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Last week we heard that Paramount was holding an open casting call seeking 13-14 year old boys and girls with “a Midwestern feel” for a production that many (including us) guessed might be J.J. Abrams‘ soon-to-shoot Super 8. But now a listing suggests that, despite being for a Bad Robot production, the call is for a different film altogether…unless this is a Cloverfield-style bluff from Abrams & Co. Read More »

VOTD: Bad Robot Concept Animation Teaser

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You might know the name Ruairi Robinson; if you don’t I’m betting you will very soon. Robinson made the cool short film The Silent City (which I’ve embedded below) and was the guy tapped to direct the live-action Akira. I’m not sure whether he’s still attached to that film, which was recently said to be not as dead as once reported. Regardless, Robinson is now working to finish a film called Bad Robot, and the teaser concept video now floating around the interwebs suggests it could be a lot of fun. Check it out after the break. Read More »