Friday, November 30, 2012

Abrams Taps Director for God Particle

JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are moving forward on "God Particle" by hiring Julius Onah as the director of the film. Up to now Onah has mostly directed short films like Big Man among others. The story is step on an abandoned space station after Earth vanishes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Revolution's Season So Far

Tonight at 10pm on NBC the mid-season finale of Revolution will air. The show will then take an extended hiatus, not returning until March 25, 2013. As a result this one is expected to have a whopper of a cliffhanger to keep you wanting to come back for more. In the video below, Executive Producers and co-creators JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke introduce a video that recaps the season so far and teases tonight's episode.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Abrams Sales Pitch for Revolution

It seems the sales pitch for NBC's hit TV show Revolution started simply enough with executive producer JJ Abrams asking NBC executives the question "...imagine right now that everything stopped." Before reaching that point though, it really started with co-creator Erick Kripke imaged a sword fight in a coffee shop, "I wanted to take everything I love about Lord of the Rings — swords and swashbuckling and quests and damsels in distress — put all that deep nerd fantasy stuff on the American highway." From that Kripke developed a story around a super virus killing most of the country with the focus on Charlie's quest to save her brother.

Abrams decided that a super virus was too much like Stephen King's The Stand and changed the concept to surviving a nationwide blackout based on another idea for Bad Robot to develop. Abrams liked the idea of no devices because, "[Characters] can communicate instantly, they can research things, they can jump on a plane and be anywhere. Writers contort themselves to eliminate cell phones from scenes. And one of the beautiful byproducts of Kripke’s idea is that there’s no longer that immediate access."

JJ Abrams Opts Out of Star Wars

It seems that directing Star Trek is enough "Star" for JJ Abrams as he doesn't seem interested in directing Star Wars: Episode VII that Disney has announced for 2015 release. Most of Hollywood's biggest names have expressed disinterest in directing the next Star Wars films but probably for everyone willing to pass there are a few dozen that would jump at the high risk, high reward project.
"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. gushed. He added, “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

JJ Abrams Buys Rights to Beastlies

It looks like JJ Abrams is joining the children entertainment business with the television and movie rights purchase of "Beastlies". Beastlies are cute monster, hand made one of a kind statues created by Leslie Levings. They are made from polymer clay, sculpted and hand painted by the artist. So while they look like toys, they are not. At least for now. The cute designs are ideal for a children's television show or movie, with the Rugrats coming to mind as the marketing model to follow. The toy line, video games, book deals and more that is guaranteed to follow is going to make Abrams and Levings a ton of money.