UPDATE: R2-D2 Confirmed For New ‘Star Wars’ Movie

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 1:20pm PST

UPDATE, 1:20 PM: He wasn’t just hanging around posing after all. Disney confirmed today that R2-D2 will be in Star Wars: Episode VII. A staple of every Star Wars pic, the little droid “will indeed be in the film”, the company said online Tuesday. This is … Read More »

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‘Almost Human’ Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Naren Shankar is leaving Fox‘s new drama series Almost Human, where he served as executive producer/co-showrunner alongside creator/executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman. Almost Human, from Warner Bros. TV and J.J. Abrams’ … Read More »

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JJ Abrams’ Mystery ‘S.’ Teaser Gets Full Trailer, Explanation

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT

It wasn’t a new secret film that JJ Abrams and Bad Robot were teasing last month after all when they dropped that mysterious one-minute Stranger video. The Star Wars Episode VII helmer revealed the true nature of the project today: S. is a forthcoming … Read More »

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JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Unveils Latest Mystery Teaser: ‘Stranger’

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:18am PDT

JJ AbramsBad Robot today unveiled a video titled Stranger without explanation, launching yet another of their mystery-filled projects. Back in April Bad Robot optioned Stephen King’s 11/22/63, about a man who travels back in time to try and prevent JFK’s assassination. Abrams, … Read More »

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot To Option Stephen King Novel ’11/22/63′ For TV Series

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

J.J. AbramsBad Robot is in negotiations for the rights to Stephen King‘s bestselling 2011 novel 11/22/63. The deal is being done through Warner Bros TV, where Bad Robot is under a deal. I … Read More »

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Minka Kelly To Co-Star In Fox’s J.H. Wyman/J.J. Abrams Pilot

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Friday Night Lights alumna Minka Kelly is set to co-star in Fox‘s untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman drama pilot (formerly Inhuman). The action-packed buddy cop show, from Warner Bros TV, is set in the … Read More »

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‘Adulting’ Comedy From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Lands At Fox As Put Pilot

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Adulting, a half-hour single-camera comedy from The Vow co-writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment.

Adulting is based on the upcoming book Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up In 387 Easy(ish) Steps by Oregon-based journalist Kelly Williams Brown, which spawned from Brown’s blog of the same name. The blog is described as a quirky, humorous guide on how to become an adult. In it, she dishes out advice on a wide range of issues, from how to take care of your basic human needs, how to discuss politics with friends, how not to look like a slut at work, how to deal with dangerous toasters and how to shut down office creepers (Watch one of Brown’s videos below). The tone of the blog and Brown’s persona appear close to Fox’s quirky New Girl, making Adulting a potential companion for the network’s flagship comedy. Read More »

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CAA Signs Filmmaker-TV Titan J.J. Abrams

By and | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 5:29pm PDT

JJ AbramsBREAKING: CAA has signed JJ Abrams, the impresario behind such TV series as AliasLost, Fringe, Alcatraz, Person Of Interest, and the upcoming Revolution, and the feature director of Mission: Impossible 3 (and producer of 4), the rebooted Read More »

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Paramount Acquires Spec ‘Wunderkind’ For Bad Robot

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 4:50pm PDT
Mike Fleming

HOLLYWOOD (June 11, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom Inc., and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot today announced that they have optioned the spec script “WUNDERKIND” from writer Patrick Aison. J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk of Bad Robot will produce. H2F’s Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton will executive produce with Brian McCurley serving as associate producer.

WUNDERKIND is an elevated two-handed action/thriller set in the 1970′s following a young Nazi hunter with the CIA and an older Nazi hunter working for the Mossad. The two become reluctantly intertwined in their hunt and shocking twists result.

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J.J. Abrams And Paramount Extend First-Look Deal Through End Of 2015

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 11:58am PST

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner partnered with EVP Bryan Burk are one of, and perhaps the, most important relationships at Paramount. So this is no surprise. But betcha the terms were rich indeed to extend their first-look deal through the end of 2015. The deal dates back to 2006. Grosses on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol are now $670M globally while those for the Star Trek reboot hit $385M worldwide. Abrams is right now shooting the Star Trek sequel which he’s producing and directing. Under the Paramount deal, Abrams also has made Cloverfield (producing) and Super 8 (producing and directing), both of which did well at the global box office.

UPDATE: Here’s the official press release -

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 22, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., and Bad Robot Productions jointly today announced an extension of their exclusive, first-look agreement through December 2015.

The prolific production company, whose original first look deal with Paramount began in 2006, is currently shooting the next installment of the studio’s Star Trek franchise. Once again, Abrams is directing and Bad Robot is producing the tent-pole, which will be released in 3D on May 17, 2013.

“J.J. is a unique talent and a captivating storyteller,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “J.J., Bryan Burk and the whole Bad Robot team are an integral part of Paramount and we’re proud to continue our collaboration. Their pictures have extraordinary resonance around the world and we’re so pleased Paramount will be their home for years to come.”

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Fox’s J.J. Abrams-Produced Drama Series ‘Alcatraz’ Undergoes Showrunner Change

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 7:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of Fox’s midseason drama Alcatraz, from Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot. Co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff is leaving the time-travel series, which will now be co-run by Jennifer Johnson … Read More »

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Billy Ray, JJ Abrams Team For Paramount Mystery Project

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 9:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has acquired an untitled project that will team screenwriter Billy Ray with JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot banner. I’m told Ray and Abrams hatched the pitch together, and that it’s a mystery adventure.

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J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke Thriller ‘Revolution’ Gets Pilot Production Commitment At NBC

By | Sunday September 25, 2011 @ 11:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With 2 new series, Person of Interest and Alcatraz, one returning, Fringe, and a Star Trek movie sequel on his plate, it wasn’t clear whether J.J. Abrams would be … Read More »

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Female ‘Fringe’ Duo Rewriting Top-Secret Screenplay For J.J. Abrams And Paramount

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 2:53am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros TV just re-upped Monica Breen and Alison Schapker for a 7-figure deal to keep co-executive producing Fringe for Season 4 under Bad Robot’s banner. And the pair with long ties to J.J. Abrams (they also worked on … Read More »

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J.J. Abrams To Shop High-Concept Crime Drama Spec From ‘Fringe’ Producers

Nellie Andreeva

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is ending the 2010-11 selling season the way it started it, with a spec from female writer(s) with long ties to Abrams and his shows. In early September, it was Alcatraz, from Lost veteran Elizabeth Sarnoff. Now it is Pulp, from Fringe co-executive producers Monica … Read More »

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Hot Property: JJ Abrams, Elizabeth Sarnoff To Shop ‘Alcatraz’ Drama

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: JJ Abrams and Lost executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff are heading to another island. I hear Abrams and his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot are about to take out to the networks Alcatraz, a drama spec script written by Sarnoff. Read More »

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