With it learned that Star Wars: Episode IX will be a course correction for the franchise also came word that J.J. Abrams is negotiating a mega-deal upwards of $500 million to sign exclusively with a studio.
In the mix currently is Warner Bros., Netflix, Disney and others, with it thought Abrams will be signing with Disney due to his recent involvement with the company.
Now J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, announce six new film projects, with the producer’s discretionary fund through its Paramount deal (via Deadline):
- The Steps — Pic is a twist on a possession story. Blair Butler will write the project, based on an original idea by director Stefan Grube.
- Untitled Megan Amram — Megan Amram (The Good Place and Silicon Valley) is penning her original concept, described as a female-driven horror allegory.
- The Seven Sisters Of Scott County — Courtney Hoffman (Good Time Girls) is set to write and direct her original film about moonshine, trucking and sisterhood.
- An untitled contained time travel story to be written by Ben Shiffrin (Estranged), based on his original idea.
- Everything Must Go — Pitched as Clerks for a new generation, the project stars Bobby Hall (also known as rapper Logic), who is co-writing with Lisa McQuillan (black-ish, Dr. Ken).
- Only The Lonely — science fiction romance to be mark the directorial debut of Stefan Grube, the editor of 10 Cloverfield Lane, Tully, The Front Runner and the Abrams-directed Star Wars IX. Script is to be written by Dylan Meyer (XOXO) & Peter Glanz (The Longest Week).
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot recently had Overlord released which did so-so at the box office, but at least seems to be making its money back and the reviews have been favorable.