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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