The Conners

In today’s edition of TV Bits:

  • Roseanne spin-off The Conners gets a premiere date and a new theme song
  • A whole new slate of Shonda Rhimes shows coming to Netflix
  • James Gunn‘s Starsky & Hutch show has been abandoned
  • J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot has a new TV series in the works
  • Y: The Last Man adds another cast member
  • Christina Applegate heads to Netflix for Dead to Me
  • Jillian Bell joins Ben Schwartz in Showtime comedy The Wrong Mans (yes, plural)
  • Get Shorty gets a season 2 trailer
  • And more!

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Bad Robot is Going to Make Video Games Now

Bad Robot Video GamesNot content to just stick with movies and TV, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are now jumping headfirst into the world of video games as well. Bad Robot Games will create large scale and indie titles for mobile, PC, and consoles.

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The Cloverfield franchise made history when it released a surprise trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox during the Super Bowl, and then announced that the film would be available to stream on Netflix that very night. Now that folks have had a chance to watch the film, it’s time to talk about the not-so-surprising Cloverfield Paradox cameos from two Bad Robot regulars.

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Cloverfield 4

Who could have predicted that 2008’s hand-held monster movie Cloverfield would spawn a franchise we’d still be talking about 10 years later? 2016’s surprise sort-of-sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane provided our first look at the anthology-like nature of this loose franchise umbrella, and while we wait to see a trailer for God Particle (now possibly titled Cloverfield Station) and learn when and how we’re actually going to see that movie, we have confirmation that Cloverfield 4 not only exists, but that it’s already completed filming. The project is called Overlord, and you can read all we know about it below.
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Cloverfield Sequel Netflix

Update: Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix is in talks to acquire the third untitled Cloverfield movie from Paramount. This means that the sci-fi movie formerly known as The God Particle may not receive a theatrical release. Our original story continues below.

What, exactly, is going on with the untitled third Cloverfield movie?

The movie has seen multiple release date delays and a virtually non-existent marketing that only kicked off with a burgeoning viral campaign last week, mere months before its intended release date. Even then, it’s planned April 2018 release date seemed like an afterthought, changed abruptly over the holidays after not a peep was heard from Paramount and Bad Robot regarding the quick approach of the prior February 2018 release. Could it be part of J.J. Abrams’ and co.’s unorthodox grassroots marketing that it employed for the first Cloverfield and for 10 Cloverfield Lane? Or could it be signs of a troubled production?

A new rumor suggests that it’s the latter. A week after the viral marketing for the new Cloverfield sequel started, rumors claim that the film could be dropped from theatrical release and head straight to Netflix.

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cloverfield 3 release date

The third Cloverfield film, tentatively titled 2017 Cloverfield Movie, may have to change its working title. The release date for the sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield and 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane has been pushed back to 2018.

This makes it the second delay for the sci-fi movie originally titled The God Particle. The film is the third set in the Cloverfield universe, which has acted as a sort of connective tissue between original genre films that have been picked up by Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

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god particle

No one expected a Cloverfield cinematic universe when the found footage movie was released in 2008. But last year, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot pulled a fast one on audiences, dropping the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane mere months before the movie hit theaters. A sort of spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane was only thinly connected to the events of the first film, as it was transformed from a psychological thriller originally titled Valencia.

Now, we can look forward to the third Cloverfield movie that has evolved from another screenplay titled God Particle. Screenwriter Oren Uziel has explained how God Particle came to be the third Cloverfield movie and it’s pretty interesting.

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Powerless Cancelled NBC

On this edition of TV Bits:

  • NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless
  • La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen
  • Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series
  • and more!

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HBO and Bad Robot Developing Space Drama ‘Glare’

J.J. Abrams space drama

HBO and Bad Robot are coming off a nice hit together. The first season of Westworld recently went out on a high note in the ratings, but on average, each episode was watched by around 12 million viewers, making it the most viewed first season of any HBO program. After a very successful collaboration, the cable network and Bad Robot are now developing another show, a space drama from the screenwriter behind Denis Villeneuve‘s EnemyJavier Gullón.

Below, learn more about the J.J. Abrams space drama project and Gullón’s work.

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JJ Abrams Bad Robot / Anna Foerster Lou

J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions has had a hand in some truly exciting projects over the past few years, ranging from megabudget juggernauts like Star Wars: The Force Awakens to scrappy but impressive thrillers like 10 Cloverfield Lane. So when they set their sights on another new film, it’s reason to sit up and pay attention.

Outlander director Anna Foerster has just been set to helm Lou, a dramatic thriller about the search for a kidnapped child. The screenplay by Maggie McGowan Cohn landed on the 2015 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.  Read More »