Paramount Pays Big Bucks for J.J Abrams' Produced Untitled Pitch
by Ethan Anderton
October 12, 2009
So essentially, I might as well just hand you a blank piece of paper and tell you that it will be filled with a spectacular movie, because there's not much else we can tell you. I could make stuff up, but I like to leave that to Fox News. Variety announced that Paramount Pictures paid over $2 million for an untitled feature pitch from writers Aline Brosh McKenna and Simon Kinberg to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk under the Bad Robot production banner. No plot details have been revealed just yet, but if you're familiar with these writers' previous work, their collaboration is intriguing, to say the very least.
McKenna has become known for her lighthearted and dare I say charming work with female-centered stories like The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses and the upcoming Bad Robot production of Morning Glory. On the other end of the spectrum with a penchant for action is Kinberg's work on films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand and Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes. Apparently the two writers worked on a rewrite of the Steve Carell and Tina Fey comedy Date Night and they just hit it off and put together one hell of a story. Here's what Abrams had to say about this brand new McKenna and Kinsberg collaboration:
"These two writers couldn't be more different, the genres they write seem almost diametrically opposed. But they came to Bad Robot with a pitch that thrilled us. We feel extremely lucky to get to work with this amazing team."
Anything Abrams is excited about, I'm excited about, as that guy is just brilliant. I wish that dynamic worked in reverse so that my excitement level was directly proportional to how fast Abrams' films were made so we would have Star Trek 2 and Mission Impossible 4 in theaters by this weekend. But I guess we'll have to wait.