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JJ Abrams To Produce New Sci-Fi Thriller For Paramount May 24, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity , trackback

Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams is adding another project to his to-do list. This time his production company and Paramount are teaming up to create a new low-budget sci-fi/thriller, based on a spec script. More details below.


Abrams to produce another new sci-fi film at Paramount

Today Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has bought an untitled spec sci-fi script from Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. The film will be produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot. The writers are described as being "rising scribes" and the deal is said to be "pre-emptive" (as in Paramount buying the script to keep anyone else from buying). Campbell is currently working as the screenwriter on an English-language version of John Woo’s class The Killer, and Stuecken’s latest credit is as an associate producer on this summer’s next spring’s GI Joe movie.

The only details on the film are that it is "a contained thriller with sci-fi elements."

With two Star Treks, Super 8, Cloverfield, this project (and others in development) it is clear that Abrams is Paramount’s go-to producer for genre films.  Let’s all just hope that JJ keeps his eye on the Trek franchise has he guides the sequel through the post production process for the next fifty-one weeks until its release on May 17, 2013.

JJ Abrams with his Star Trek cast in 2008 – now set to produce another sci-fi film for Paramount


1. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 24, 2012

Well. Let’s see if it is any better then Undersover’s. Lol/
But J.J How about some Trek for the T.V Set’s that is not a Re Run.

2. USS Enterprise B - May 24, 2012

How come I’ve never seen that picture before? Cool!

3. Lt. Bailey - May 24, 2012

Interesting…In that crew photo we finally see that TOS era trousers really do have pockets according to Anton’s stance.

4. Greg - May 24, 2012

Let’s hope it’s better than Alcatraz.

5. MJ - May 24, 2012

“Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken”

These two guys have produced some of the most formulaic dribble in the past few years. Not hoping for much here….

6. I'm Dead Jim! - May 24, 2012

It’s a movie, not a TV show.

7. Gorn Born - May 24, 2012

Does anybody know what “contained thriller” means? I am not familiar with that phrase.

8. Starscream2112 - May 24, 2012

This summer’s GI Joe movie? More like next years this summer’s GI Joe movie.


9. Amish Electrician - May 24, 2012

7….I think the 1st Alien movie was called that

10. danielcraigsmywookiebitchnow - May 24, 2012

Anthony G.I. Joe is now a spring 2013 release.
Paramount now has no big movie heading into 4th of july

11. Anthony Pascale - May 24, 2012

fixed GI Joe

“contained” probably means smaller film, lower budget, not vast space opera kind of thing.

12. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

Bob Orci

we haven’t heard boo from Tom Hanks about his upcoming Oswald/Kennedy series.

Did someone actually educate him to the truth and he changed his mind?

13. Craiger - May 24, 2012

I wonder if this will be like when JJ was doing Super 8 and ther projects and that delayed the sequel to 2013 or am I wrong on that? If they do a third and JJ continues to do other projects, which is good for him and his company, will that delay the third film to say 2018 or 2020? Then no Trek TV series until 2025?

14. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012

Why would Paramount place another one of their tent-poles in a timeslot close to another? If “GI:Joe” is going to be moved to spring 2013, that can only mean the Trek sequel gets pushed back……………..yet again!

I’m really hoping that isn’t the case. There’s been enough delays already!


15. Craiger - May 24, 2012

Harry, I think a good Scifi film for Orci to do would be to reboot “The Final Countdown.”

16. Basement Blogger - May 24, 2012

@ 5

MJ, I thought you were just being very critical. But I looked them up on IMDB. And the stuff that they’ve worked on, is not my cup of tea. Stuecken was an associate producer on the terrible “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Campbell was an assistant editor on some fomulaic stuff like Van Helsing, and Dungeons and Dragons. So I see your point. But in their defense, can I say they didn’t write or direct those films. I mean Scorsese worked for Roger Corman at one time.

17. Vultan - May 24, 2012

I read that GI Joe was being pushed back so they can post-convert it to 3D. They’ve already spent a boatload to promote the film THIS year, now they’re going to spend even more to convert it to something we can easily do without.

Smart thinking, Paramount. Smart thinking….

18. James M - May 24, 2012

It’s not a new Star Trek tv series? Dog gone it.

19. Lostrod - May 24, 2012


If Mr. Orci wants to ever adapt a great time travel novel, I recommend David Gerrold’s “The Man Who Folded Himself”. One of my favorites.

It even touches on the Kennedy assassination.


20. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012


Lostrod, I’ve written my own time travel screenplay about the Kennedy assassination.

It’s called The Grassy Knoll.

I’ve been getting some pretty nice feedback on it.

21. The Troubled Tribble - May 24, 2012

I wish someone would come up with a space drama for TV rather than another movie.

Since the end of Trek and even SGU, I have missed a weekly dose of aliens and spaceships.

22. dmduncan - May 24, 2012

20. Harry Ballz – May 24, 2012


Lostrod, I’ve written my own time travel screenplay about the Kennedy assassination.

It’s called The Grassy Knoll.

I’ve been getting some pretty nice feedback on it.


Feedback schmeedback! When you launching the Kickstarter, boo?

23. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

22. dmduncan

dm, I honestly don’t know what you mean by “launching the Kickstarter”.

What kind of egghead parlance is that??

24. dmduncan - May 24, 2012

23. Harry Ballz – May 24, 2012

C’mon Ballz! This here’s Anno Domini Twenty Twelve! You saying you skipped the Space Command thread entirely?

25. dmduncan - May 24, 2012

Space Command funding is at $95,000+, by the way. With 51 days left to go.

26. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012


Uh, you don’t see any comments from me on that thread, do ya, dm??

Dammit, man, I can’t be EVERYWHERE!!

What, you been overdoin’ it with the tranya again?

27. dmduncan - May 24, 2012


Aah, but no comments does not mean you were not there!

In any case, just look at what Kickstarter is doing for independent film. And check out their website for all the really cool things that get funded there.

With Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s at least the chance of having a new ballgame.

You launch your campaign with a set goal of how much $$ you need, and a time limit to the campaign. If you reach your funding goal, you get the money. If you don’t reach it, you don’t get the money. If you get overfunded, you get the extra money too.

So, for example, Zicree wanted $75,000 to make Space Command. He got it in the first three days of the campaign. Now it’s at over $95,000, with 51 days of funding left to go.

28. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

So, if I launch a campaign, and raise, say, $50,000, am I allowed to then use that money to bribe somebody in Hollywood to make my movie?

What da ya mean it doesn’t work that way??!!


29. dmduncan - May 24, 2012


30. Vultan - May 24, 2012


I like the way you think, sir.


31. Baby - May 24, 2012

I WISH that JJ could have filmed star trek 12 and 13 back to back.

The actors are not getting any younger

I want star trek 13 to come out in 2015 and I want JJ and him only to direct it.

32. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

My parents were guilty of many things, but raising mentally deficient children wasn’t one of them!

33. MJ - May 24, 2012

@16 “MJ, I thought you were just being very critical. But I looked them up on IMDB. And the stuff that they’ve worked on, is not my cup of tea. Stuecken was an associate producer on the terrible “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Campbell was an assistant editor on some fomulaic stuff like Van Helsing, and Dungeons and Dragons. So I see your point”

Yep,,,the stuff they worked on were “groaners.” I don’t see the next Orci or Lindelof here with these two hacks, but you never know.

BTW, for everybody taking potshots at JJ’s supposed recent downfall, how easy you forget how my favorite new show of the past season, Person of Interest” produced by BAD ROBOT, has been renewed for Season 2.

Anthony, just curious, why don’t you give Person of Interest the same love here as you have given to Alcatrez and some of the other JJ/Supreme Court shows/projects? There are definite sci-fi aspects of Person of Interest.

34. MJ - May 24, 2012

@20 “Lostrod, I’ve written my own time travel screenplay about the Kennedy assassination.”

Ah, now I have figured out who Harry Ballz really is….he’s Stephen King.

35. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

MJ, I wrote my script years before King published his book, 11/22/63.

Oh, and even though it sounds self-serving, I read King’s book and my story is much better.

(ooh, now I’ve done it, take your best shot)

36. Vultan - May 24, 2012


“Yep,,,the stuff they worked on were “groaners.” I don’t see the next Orci or Lindelof here with these two hacks, but you never know.”

That’s funny… in more ways than one.

37. Amish Electrician - May 24, 2012

Oh, and even though it sounds self-serving, I read King’s book and my story is much better

If u have a book that better than SK’s works lets see a bit of it

38. MJ - May 24, 2012

@35. Bud did you pad you novel with hundreds of page of needless “day-in-the-life” stuff like King authors. Truly great authors have hundreds of pages of padding.

39. MJ - May 24, 2012

@37. Here is a little secret — every unpublished author I have ever met claims his work is better than the top author’s out there. Hell, my father has 5 unpublished novels, and he has the same attitude, even though, God Bless him, they aren’t quite good enough.

40. Hugh Hoyland - May 24, 2012

Is it the same script that made the Black List?

41. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012


As far as I know, the script isn’t Communist. :-)

42. MJ - May 24, 2012

@41. LOL. Maybe the Rosenbergs will get a Production credit?

43. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012


Nah, the script belongs to the Marx brothers. Groucho, Harpo, and Karl! :-)

44. Hugh Hoyland - May 24, 2012


lol. I mean the OTHER Black List. I did see a JFK script on there titled “The Knoll” but it might not be the same one that Harry did.

45. VZX - May 24, 2012

357 days to go! Allright! Now, if we only had some new Star Trek on TV to tide us over. Maybe JJ can fit in a quick mini-series in all his free time?

46. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 24, 2012

I want a picture with JJAbrams and his Star Trek cast in 2012… just saying…

;-) :-)

47. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 24, 2012

Ok. Time for Bob Orci to Reeboot.
The Greatest American Hero.

48. MJ - May 24, 2012

@47. How about The Courtship of Edie’s Father…. rebooted in Orci style!

49. Daoud - May 24, 2012

Naw, K/O’s deal with Universal means they can do a live action version of Woody Woodpecker…. kind of a Howard the Duck reimagining, but with Woody. Everyone loves a Woody!

50. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012


Let me make one thing clear. I didn’t say I could write better than Stephen King, I said my story about the Kennedy assassination was better than the story he came up with about the same subject. I think mine is better for two reasons: 1. I’ve spent many thousands of hours (over the past 40 years) studying the JFK killing, while King admits he hasn’t researched it that much. Therefore, mine is more accurate for background details. 2. King’s story paints it that Oswald alone killed Kennedy, which is absurd, while I illustrate a government conspiracy as the backdrop to my story, which makes for a more dramatic and compelling storyline.

Oh, and it’s a full-blown feature film screenplay, not a book.

51. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

p.s. MJ, I’m not an “unpublished author” and, in fact, have four literary awards to my name.

52. MJ - May 24, 2012

@51. Cool!

53. Shilliam Watner (Click to see an Alien attack) - May 24, 2012

JJ and his gang are terribly hit and miss for me. I really hate some of their show, really like some, and some just are “meh.” I haven’t watched Person of Interest but will probably grab the first season on DVD. I know enough people who love it that I trust their opinions.

50. Harry Ballz – Go get ’em Harry! If you have any luck remember that I’m working on treatment for a TV mini-series!

54. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012


I appreciate your best wishes!

I’ll keep you………wait for it……….posted! :>)

55. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012


Good for you to pursue your dreams! I hope it works out for the best. And congratulations on your awards!

Also, if you ever pen an autobiography, here’s a few possible titles:

When Things Get Harry

Ballz To The Wall

Great Ballz Of Fire

56. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

Thanks, Ryan!

As to titles for an autobiography, how about………..Ballz To You!

57. MJ - May 24, 2012

@53. JJ and Company bat over a .600 (in terms of successful shows) at least in baseball terms. That is not bad!

58. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012

“Fringe” is a great show, and “Hawaii Five-O” is fun too. I liked “Lost” as well.

Haven’t seen any of the others though.

59. MJ - May 24, 2012

My literary accolades may end up with me trying to win an award for the most typos and mispellings on Trekmovie.com — I could see me winning this on an annual basis if they ever gave out that trophy! Maybe Mongo could hand me the trophy and Comicon one year?


60. Shilliam Watner (Click to see an Alien attack) - May 24, 2012

57. MJ – If your stats are correct, you’re right. That’s not bad. Probably why they keep getting deals.

61. MJ - May 24, 2012

“at Comicon one year?”

— case in point! :-)

62. MJ - May 24, 2012

@58. You should catch Person of Interest – outsanding new series this year. For some reason it is kind of off-the radar in terms of Anthony’s JJ focus on this site, but it is a Bad Robot production, and its creator is Jonathon Nolan…yea, the younger brother of THAT NOLAN.

63. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012

Yeah, those “DAMN TYPOS” can be a real nuisance!

64. Red Dead Ryan - May 24, 2012


I might check it out one day. Isn’t Michael Emerson (“Lost”) the star?

65. MJ - May 24, 2012

@65. Him and Jim Cavezial both star….and they are both outstanding. Caviezel is like the understated spook who you would never want to be on the wrong side of…the guy just kicks ass in a very business-like and convincing way.

66. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

Gary Oldman has joined the cast of the Robocop remake??

Why don’t great actors have any standards?

67. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

Being a “working actor” is one thing, but it doesn’t mean you you have to accept shite!

68. Harry Ballz - May 24, 2012

Ooops, one “you” too many!

69. Pleasure Girl - May 25, 2012

Let’s hope it’s better than the last Star Trek film…

70. Spock/Uhura Admirer ;-) - May 25, 2012

Yea for JJ. I hope the movie is good, and it’d be nice to know more about it.

And that picture is AWESOME!!! :-)

71. captain_neill - May 25, 2012


The TOS cast did pretty well in the late 40s to early 70s (varying ages between the cast) when they did the movies.

72. bolly - May 25, 2012

JFK shot himself. Don’t you guys watch Red Dwarf?

73. Bob Tompkins - May 25, 2012

More projects to begin the delay of the next Star Trek project…c’mon JJ, just pass it off to someone more dedicated to Trek and willing to devote the time to it.

74. VZX - May 25, 2012

66. Like Liam Neeson in Battleship and A-Team. Great actor, stupid movies.

Not to mention Ben Kingsly in The Dictator, Jon Voigt in Transformers, William Hurt in Lost in Space, etc. I guess these amazing actors have to do stupid movies once in a while just to please their agents or something.

75. Jack - May 25, 2012

66. Howdy, Harry! Maybe he’s funding another project… or a beach house or something. In the late 90s he was the villain in everything, and I thought I remembered him saying it was so he could afford to do some project I now can’t remember.

And now I’ve just caight up on the rest of the thread — wow, that’s great about the screenplay. This seems like a good place to, er, bob for some interest.

What kind of other stuff have you written? Is it stuff we can read?

– J in Toronto

76. Harry Ballz - May 25, 2012


Jack, I appreciate your interest. If you start posting on the Chat thread (at the top of this page), we can talk.

77. Shilliam Watner (Click to see an Alien attack) - May 25, 2012

67. Harry Ballz – I had no idea of your strong feelings toward a RoboCop remake. Why not? The original is still there for you to love in case this new version is crap. But with today’s tech, I’m really interested to see where they push it.

I think it’s perfect for a remake. FX were pretty limited, and the stop animation looks especially not real. I still love the movie, and they’ll have a hard time equaling the original’s coolness, but I’m eager to let somebody try.

But hey, that’s cool if you’re really passionate about it. But you know me enough by now to expect “diplomacy.”

74. VZX – Lost in Space is a real guilty pleasure here. I actually liked Matt LaBlanc as an action hero. And there’s never much wrong with Heather Graham and the other actors are great. But I know it’s not a very good movie. Especially that embarrassing CGI animal. But the film is like DVD pot or something to me. I can put it on and completely ignore it and just watch the cool parts.

I’ll never admit that again. Never. Can I delete this post? Is it too late? ANTHONY! Delete this post!

78. MC1 Doug - May 25, 2012

Since it appears Steven Spielberg has no intentions of following through with his 2005 announcement of remaking “When Worlds Collide,” maybe JJ, Roberto, Alex and Damon can take it on instead?

79. Jack - May 25, 2012

I really liked the art direction in Lost in Space, and the phony earnestness. It’s an enjoyable movie.

80. Shilliam Watner (Click for the Spiderwoman) - May 25, 2012

79. Jack – Phew! A kind of ally.

I liked it because it was different. It wasn’t Star Wars or Star Trek, but another way to be in space. It was fun to me. But so was John Carter, so What do I know? It seems nobody wants to give new stuff a chance, yet people are always complaining about remakes and sequels.

We dictate which and what kind of movies will be made by what we attend. Not enough people went to John Carter, so we’ll never see another one, and they were trying to do something different. We told them to piss off.

Abrams tried something new with Star Trek, and I think he succeeded pretty well. I’d put his two hours of Star Trek up agains the first two hours of any Trek series and find the comparison a good one. TNG’s first two hours were extremely awkward. DS9 was stilted and weird… you get me. People who criticize them so much seem to forget they’ve only had two hours so far to build their version. They’ve done well so far.

I want Trek back on TV, though. I’ll always say that. 2 hours every four years is not enough Star Trek.

81. Vultan - May 25, 2012


Except the ironic thing about John Carter is that while it was “new,” so many things in the past 100 years have taken inspiration from it, from Star Wars to Superman, by the time it was finally adapted to the big screen there wasn’t much left that was… “new” to audiences.

Sad but true.

82. Shilliam Watner (Click for the Spiderwoman) - May 25, 2012

81. Vultan – No doubt that Disney had NO idea how to market it. But to me it was still different enough that I really wanted to see more. I love the steampunk/Jules Vernian designs and the CGI was great. I’ll never say it was perfect, but it was good enough to deserve being a success.

Damned shame.

83. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 26, 2012

#62 – Yes, I agree. Person of Interest is really good and it is a Bad Robot production. I am surprised it does not get mentioned the way other television series do.

84. Jack - May 28, 2012

I like John Carter too. I still think it was marketed really oddly — I had no interest in seeing it (although I’d read a couple of the books as a kid) — I assumed from the trailers that it was dark and humorless, and standard, dreary CGI-heavy, pointless fantasy/sci-fi. Ended up seeing it because whatever we’d gone to see was full — and I liked it. It was fun, a little campy and a good, entertaining ride. All the art direction reminded me of those franzetta illustrations that were on those books — any scene from the movie would be at place on a 70s boogie van.

20/20 Hibdsight: they could have played up the whole Burroughs thing, but they really didn’t.

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