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JJ Abrams To Produce New Sci-Fi Thriller For Paramount

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

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Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
May 24, 2012 1:02 pm

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.

USS Enterprise B
May 24, 2012 1:08 pm

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

Lt. Bailey
May 24, 2012 1:15 pm

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

Greg
May 24, 2012 1:32 pm

Let’s hope it’s better than Alcatraz.

MJ
May 24, 2012 1:41 pm

“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….

I'm Dead Jim!
May 24, 2012 1:48 pm

It’s a movie, not a TV show.

Gorn Born
May 24, 2012 1:51 pm

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

Starscream2112
May 24, 2012 1:54 pm

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

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=90579

Amish Electrician
May 24, 2012 1:57 pm

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

danielcraigsmywookiebitchnow
May 24, 2012 2:01 pm

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

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 2:06 pm

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?

Craiger
May 24, 2012 2:09 pm

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?

Red Dead Ryan
May 24, 2012 2:10 pm

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!

Sheesh!

Craiger
May 24, 2012 2:11 pm

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

May 24, 2012 2:11 pm

@ 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.

Vultan
May 24, 2012 2:34 pm

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….

James M
May 24, 2012 2:36 pm

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

Lostrod
May 24, 2012 2:37 pm

#15

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.

Regards.

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 3:00 pm

19.

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.

The Troubled Tribble
May 24, 2012 3:04 pm

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.

May 24, 2012 3:15 pm

20. Harry Ballz – May 24, 2012

19.

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?

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 3:18 pm

22. dmduncan

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

What kind of egghead parlance is that??

May 24, 2012 3:35 pm

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?

May 24, 2012 3:39 pm

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

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 3:45 pm

24.

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?

May 24, 2012 3:53 pm

26

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.

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 4:03 pm

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??!!

:>)

May 24, 2012 4:05 pm

Doh!

Vultan
May 24, 2012 4:05 pm

#28

I like the way you think, sir.

:D

Baby
May 24, 2012 4:07 pm

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.

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 4:08 pm

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

MJ
May 24, 2012 4:21 pm

@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.

MJ
May 24, 2012 4:23 pm

@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.

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 4:29 pm

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)

Vultan
May 24, 2012 4:37 pm

#33

“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.

Amish Electrician
May 24, 2012 5:02 pm

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

MJ
May 24, 2012 5:04 pm

@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.

MJ
May 24, 2012 5:08 pm

@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.

Hugh Hoyland
May 24, 2012 5:14 pm

Is it the same script that made the Black List?

Red Dead Ryan
May 24, 2012 5:18 pm

#40.

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

MJ
May 24, 2012 5:21 pm

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

Red Dead Ryan
May 24, 2012 5:26 pm

#42.

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

Hugh Hoyland
May 24, 2012 5:51 pm

#41

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.

VZX
May 24, 2012 5:57 pm

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?

Dee - lvs moon' surface
May 24, 2012 6:37 pm

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

;-) :-)

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
May 24, 2012 6:50 pm

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

MJ
May 24, 2012 6:52 pm

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

Daoud
May 24, 2012 7:32 pm

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!

Harry Ballz
May 24, 2012 7:45 pm

37+39.

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.

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