The love fest between Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures looks like it will continue into the future. This afternoon Paramount Pictures announced they are extending their deal with Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. More details below.
JJ, Bad Robot and Paramount sticking together
In the summer of 2006 JJ Abrams followed up his directorial debut of Mission Impossible III with an exclusive film production deal with Paramount Pictures, and Star Trek was slated as his first project. This deal was the first time Paramount had entrusted their Star Trek franchise (one of the crown jewels) to a another production company (even one under its own umbrella). Since that time Abrams and Bad Robot have worked closely with Paramount to produce a number of films including Cloverfield, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8 and of course the Star Trek sequel currently in production, with Abrams at the helm.
And today Paramount and Bad Robot announced that they are extending their deal with Abrams (and his Bad Robot producing partner Bryan Burk) until the end of 2015. The net result of this is that Abrams is likely to continue to be part of the Star Trek franchise, assuming Paramount puts another film into development following the release of the sequel in May 2013. Bad Robot also has a number of other projects in development at the studio.
Bad Robot title card from the credits of 2009’s "Star Trek"
PARAMOUNT PICTURES & J.J. ABRAMS’ BAD ROBOT EXTEND EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK DEAL
HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 22, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., and Bad Robot Productions jointly today announced an extension of their exclusive, first-look agreement through December 2015.
The prolific production company, whose original first look deal with Paramount began in 2006, is currently shooting the next installment of the studio’s Star Trek franchise. Once again, Abrams is directing and Bad Robot is producing the tent-pole, which will be released in 3D on May 17, 2013.
“J.J. is a unique talent and a captivating storyteller,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “J.J., Bryan Burk and the whole Bad Robot team are an integral part of Paramount and we’re proud to continue our collaboration. Their pictures have extraordinary resonance around the world and we’re so pleased Paramount will be their home for years to come.”
“Brad, Rob, Adam and the whole Paramount team have given Bad Robot truly incredible support, a fun and smart collaborative environment and access to the best film distribution people in the business. I couldn’t be happier knowing that Bad Robot features will remain at Paramount,” said Abrams.
Bad Robot’s previous project with Paramount was “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” The film, which was produced by Bad Robot, to date has brought in over $600 million in global box office revenue. Bad Robot and Paramount’s creative partnership has resulted in great success over the last 6 years. In addition to the above mentioned films, projects between the companies have included: 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III,” 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” and 2011’s “Super 8.”