Abrams WarnerMedia

Last week, it was announced that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams signed a contract to move his Bad Robot Productions over to WarnerMedia, where he’ll write, produce, and direct films and TV shows for Warner Bros., HBO, and the upcoming streaming service HBO Max. Now some additional information has emerged about the terms of that deal, which explain why Abrams rejected a reported $500 million offer from Apple and chose to take much less money to work with WarnerMedia instead. Read the details below. Read More »

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Update: Variety’s initial report indicated that this deal was worth $500 million, but it turns out Abrams and his team actually took less money – around $250 million – to work with WarnerMedia in order to have the freedom to be able to sell projects to other outlets as well as produce content for WB and HBO Max. Our original article follows.

Late last year, studios began vying to sign a “megadeal” with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions which was valued at around $500 million. Disney, Apple, and WarnerMedia were reportedly the top contenders, but since Abrams has been working with Warner Bros. TV for the past thirteen years, WarnerMedia ended up winning out in the end. After months of hammering out the details, that megadeal has now been officially finalized, and you can read about what it’ll mean for the future of Abrams and Bad Robot below. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Ending

Now that we’ve gotten another glimpse of how the Skywalker saga will come to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, fans are speculating wildly about how the story will unfold, especially with that shot of Rey wearing a Sith robe and wielding a modified, double-bladed red lightsaber. Beyond that, much of the speculation has been regarding how J.J. Abrams will deal with the story developments from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And for everyone who thought that Abrams had to fix or undo what Rian Johnson did with his Star Wars sequel in order to make the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ending work, think again. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Every Star Wars film – yes, even the Star Wars Holiday Special – has been leading to this moment. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will usher in the end of the Skywalker Saga, concluding what George Lucas started in 1977. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returns to close things out, with new generation stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac all bringing their characters’ stories to a close. Also back: the late Carrie Fisher, who will appear here through unused footage from the previous two Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage was revealed at D23, and our own Peter Sciretta was there. Needless to say, what they showed to the audience was pretty mind-blowing. Here’s what you need to know.

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After Comic-Con offered up our first look at a new Sith Trooper, a new TIE Fighter, and the promise of a comic book fleshing out the story of the Knights of Ren, it seemed like we might be done with revelations from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But there’s one last tidbit, albeit a vague one, that came from director Kevin Smith over the weekend.

In case you hadn’t heard, Kevin Smith had a heart attack early in 2018, and it prompted him to lose a bunch of weight and start living a healthier lifestyle. Upon his recovery, J.J. Abrams promised to have Kevin Smith see the set of The Rise of Skywalker. Since Abrams is a man of his word, Smith visited Pinewood Studios across the pond, but there’s one set that he decided to avoid seeing, because it was the setting of The Rise of Skywalker’s final shot, and he was told it will “melt your mind.” Read More »

Superman Flyby storyboards

Before the Snyder Cut of Justice League somehow became fanboys’ biggest “what if” obsession in DC movie history, another film that held that position was Superman: Flyby, a script from the early 2000s that was written by J.J. Abrams and set to be directed by McG before the project was scrapped and Superman Returns flew into theaters instead. The stories about Flyby are infamous (its plot is totally bonkers), and a popular article published on Ain’t It Cool News which completely eviscerated the script may be partially responsible for the movie never being made.

Somehow, all these years later, this movie that doesn’t even exist is still surprising us. Case in point: Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, worked as a storyboard artist on Flyby, and he recently posted some storyboards from one of the project’s fight scenes.
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JJ Abrams Spider-Man Comic

Earlier this week, Marvel Comics caused a bit of a tizzy when they posted a singular image of the number “4” created by spider webbing. This had many fans thinking that Marvel was going to turn the abandoned idea for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 movie into a comic book. But the next day, they posted a webbed number “3” and it was clear a countdown was happening that would end today. And while it didn’t end with news of Sam Raimi’s unmade movie becoming a comic, it’s still pretty cool.

Today, Marvel Comics announced a new limited Spider-Man comic book series written by Star Wars and Star Trek franchise director JJ Abrams and his 20-year old son Henry Abrams. The comic will introduce a new villain called Cadaverous. Read More »

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Editing

With J.J. Abrams back behind the camera for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, details on the final installment of the Skywalker saga are scarce. We still don’t have many details about the movie beyond the first teaser trailer and the recent influx of details from the extensive Vanity Fair cover story. But now we know that the film has taken J.J. Abrams out of his comfort zone a little bit by doing something he’s not accustomed to on the film’s set.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon recently revealed that she was cutting part of the movie on set while it was still being shot. This is something Abrams has never done before, but this time it was almost required due to the post-production time crunch caused by the film’s shooting schedule. Read More »

Bad Robot Deal

J.J. Abrams can do pretty much whatever he wants in Hollywood at this point. And what he really wants is to find a new home for his Bad Robot production company. Studios far and wide have been courting Abrams as part of a big megadeal that would enable Abrams and Bad Robot to make even more movies, TV shows, games, and more. According to a new report, two frontrunners have emerged for the deal.

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With the Star Wars films constantly changing hands from director to director, it’s difficult for some filmmakers to be beholden to fan expectations.

J.J. Abrams, who returns to direct Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker after introducing the sci-fi franchise to a new generation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is feeling that pressure, especially on the heels of the rule-breaking, fandom-dividing film that was Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And while some are concerned that he may fall back on the rosy nostalgia that made The Force Awakens such a mammoth success, Abrams hints that he might be going rogue with the final film in the Skywalker Saga.

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