[UPDATED] The team behind the new Star Trek continue to be hot commodities in Hollywood. Today it was just announced that JJ Abrams is producing a new medical comedy pilot for FOX. Plus it was also announced that Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are in talks to produce a new zombie movie based on a comic book. Details below, plus we also have video of a brief video where JJ talks about viral marketing of Trek and other projects.
JJ gets funny
News on the new show comes from THR, which reports that JJ will produce the pilot, written by Mike Markowitz (Becker, Duckman). So far the only details on the half hour show is that it is a "medical comedy" developed for FOX via Abrams Bad Robot deal with Warner Brothers Television. As is the last year of ABC’s (formerly NBC’s) Scrubs, that market is wide open. This would be Abrams first comedy TV show, but not his first time with the genre. He wrote and/or produced a few comedies back in the 90s, including Gone Fishin’, The Suburbans, and The Pallbearer, and he also recently produced the comedy Morning Glory starring Harrison Ford, which is in post-production. The new medical comedy for FOX will be added to the growing list of film and TV projects Abrams has going on. In addition to the next Star Trek movie, Abrams has around half a dozen other films development.
JJ talks Trek viral marketing
In other JJ news, here is an interview from last week where JJ talks about viral marketing, including the new Star Trek movie and Cloverfield.
Bob and Alex talking Zombie Movie
Speaking of other projects for the team now in charge of Star Trek, THR is also reporting that Trek exec. producer/scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are working in talks, via Dreamworks, to buy the rights to the rights to the Xombie comic book series about a cop turned Zombie. The script would be written by police-officer turned screenwriter Will Beall. Bob and Alex will be executive producers. Bob and Alex are currently in development or production on a dozen films as writers or producers.
Hey JJ, Bob and Alex, congrats on all the new projects, but never forget the the ship with the name, Enterprise.