JJ Abrams Goes to WarnerMedia: Nine Upcoming Projects Impacted By the Deal

IndieWire | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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When JJ Abrams’ production deals with Paramount and Warner Bros. expired, he became the most coveted Hollywood free agent in recent memory. Everyone from Disney to Apple has pursued him with a rigor normally reserved for superstar athletes, desperate to house his prolific content output under their shingles. The sweepstakes seems to be nearing to an end, as reports are saying Abrams has agreed to a $500 million deal to move his entire Bad Robot production company to WarnerMedia.

He previously housed his television division with them, but he’ll also be moving his film business over from Paramount. Looking at his slate of upcoming projects, it’s not hard to see why he was so in-demand. As always, Abrams and co. are developing a multitude of movies and television shows that could balance critical acclaim and commercial success. Keep reading for a roundup of nine significant projects that could be impacted by the deal.

STAR - TREK

“STAR TREK”

While “Star Trek” was one of Abrams’ signature properties at Paramount, his involvement in the franchise is increasingly up in the air. After leaving to direct “The Force Awakens,” he produced 2016’s “Star Trek Beyond,” which was critically praised but disappointed at the box office.

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A planned fourth film was scrapped by Paramount last year. With the studio noncommittal and Abrams leaving for Warner, future Star Trek movies in this series seem unlikely. This should make Paramount even hungrier for Quentin Tarantino’s R-rated take on the franchise.

“LOVECRAFT COUNTRY”

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One of Abrams’ highest-profile television projects pairs him with another of Hollywood’s most dynamic creators. Along with Jordan Peele, he’s adapting Matt Ruff’s novel “Lovecraft Country” for HBO, a project that seems to perfectly combine their sensibilities.

The show follows three men on a road trip through a 1950s America as they confront “the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying...
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