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John Krasinski has brushed his shoulder against movie stardom a few times now. Although best known for playing the affable goofball Jim Halpert on the NBC version of The Office, Krasinski almost played Captain America for Marvel Studios. When that didn’t work out, he landed the role of a different kind of American soldier in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, but that film fizzled at the box office. Krasinski is a fine actor, adept with both comedy and drama, but he always feels like he’s just one big role away from headlining more movies.

Perhaps that role could come in God Particle, the new J.J. Abrams-produced science fiction thriller that Krasinksi is currently in talks to join.

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J.J. Abrams is a busy man. Not only did he direct, produce and co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still found some time left over in his day to produce a follow-up to Matt Reeves‘ POV monster movie Cloverfield.

Dan Trachtenberg‘s 10 Cloverfield Lane might not be a sequel (although Abrams seems to suggest one could still happen one day), so how does it connect to the original Cloverfield movie? Will God Particle be third film in the “Clover-verse”? And might Cannibal Airlines actually become a real movie? We also learn how Abrams found director Dan Trachtenberg, discuss the cleverly minimal marketing campaign, and get the details on Bear McCreary‘s masterful score. And the best thing is this interview is entirely SPOILER FREE, so don’t be afraid to start reading now.
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When the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer appeared out of nowhere, moviegoers around the world were shocked to find out that JJ Abrams had secretly produced a sequel to Cloverfield. But is it a sequel? Abrams has called the film “a blood relative of Cloverfield” and the common thought is that it its the second film in a series of anthology movies (think Twilight Zone) that share the same thrilling mystery box tone and feel. But now it seems that JJ Abrams already has a third Cloverfield film in mind, if this one does well. Find out about the potential Cloverfield 3 after the jump.
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Just about any movie involving J.J. Abrams begins life in his famous “mystery box,” from intimate thrillers (10 Cloverfield Lane) to record-breaking blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Some of them, however, stay there longer than others. Like the Julius Onah-directed God Particle. We first heard about the project all the way back in 2012, and while we’ve gotten periodic updates on it since then, most of the concrete details remain under lock and key.

As of today, however, we do finally know when all will be revealed. Paramount has set a 2017 release date for the Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller, which has a script by Oren Uziel. Get the God Particle release date and more after the jump.  Read More »

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Earlier this year, screenwriter Doug Jung joined Simon Pegg aboard the Enterprise to finally get that Star Trek Beyond script into shooting shape. Though it’ll be some time before we see how their efforts turned out, Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, at least, seem pleased with the results so far. They’ve re-teaming with Jung to get the ball rolling on another of their projects, the low-budget sci-fi God ParticleRead More »

Briefly: Paramount and Bad Robot continue to plan one film after another, and the latest effort is God Particle. The picture will be part of the low-budget Insurge label — the division of Paramount started in the wake of Paranormal Activity’s success — and the companies have now chosen a director. Julius Onah, who has made a handful of short films and the feature The Girl is in Trouble. His project Big Man, which is part of Focus Features’ Africa First program, sounds like something I’d like to see.

Big Man is a drama, but God Particle has a sci-fi thriller bent. It follows “an American space station crew left abandoned after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.” It was written by Oren Uziel, and J.J. Abrams is producing. That fact means that the film will probably be pretty low-profile until Onah has finished it.

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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 »