Paramount Pays Big Bucks for J.J Abrams' Produced Untitled Pitch

October 12, 2009

J.J. Abrams

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.

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Cloverfield 2??????

Toucmyinfection on Oct 13, 2009


fuck cloverfield 2 leave that movie alone it was great for that one weekend after that once you knew about it the fun wore off, watching it a second time 6 months later was still cool, but seriously, it was great on its own don't give it a sequel

Kail on Oct 13, 2009


Just had to make this political didn't you, you ass-clowm!? This is how long term visitors to this site LEAVE, jack-ass!

Erik on Oct 13, 2009


Agree with #3 leave the politic's at home...IDIOT.

sorry Charlie on Oct 13, 2009


Yep. Joining in with #3 and #4. You don't get unprofessionalism like this from Alex, because he knows better than to anger a large demographic of his readers over something like politics. If you have your own blog, that's one thing. If people didn't like it, they could stop going to the site. But when you're an occasional writer, it just ain't right

Rorschach90 on Oct 13, 2009


I have never posted a comment on this site, but you sir are a complete DOUCHE. No one wants to hear you liberal blabbering, just give us the story and cry on your own time.

Eric on Oct 13, 2009


Ethan, what's with the pot-shots? First the WoW players (which did fit with the article) and now Fox News (which comes out of left field and has nothing to do with the article). Rough day? Are you secretly a self-hating republican, WoW playing, virgin?

S on Oct 13, 2009


Wow, calm down people. it was a small comment directed at a news channel (not a political party)that was meant to be taken very lightly. Anyway, this sounds like great news. J.J. Abrams has the midas touch right now.

kreig70 on Oct 13, 2009


To #'s 3-7: Sorry to break this to you guys, but Fox News actually DOES make things up. Glenn Beck can't go three minutes without saying something racist or completely untrue. There's nothing political about it. There are very smart Republicans that have good reasons for their beliefs. The same is true of Democrats. But Fox News doesn't represent the interests of either, and only panders to the psychotic fringe that hate logical thought. And before you go calling other people idiots, "ass-clowms" and douches, make sure you don't qualify as such yourselves (and learn how to spell). In this case, you fail.

EA on Oct 13, 2009


#9 I guess im part of the psychotic fringe that hates logic then. when did that happen?

T on Oct 13, 2009


#3, #4, #5, #6, Wow. It's always refreshing to see that people on the internet can't take a joke. Since when did the internet become a place where you have to censor yourself for fear of upsetting another? It's especially great for someone to tell another to leave politics out of it, but then make it personal by calling me such clever names as "ass-clown," "douche," and an "idiot." Seriously, I love it. #3, Erik, you'll be missed. Obviously you've brought quality thoughts and observations to the comments and it will be sad to see you go. Oh and Rorschach 90, I'm a staff writer, not just an occasional one. So you'll see posts from me everyday! Also, Mr. Billington approves every single post I write, so he's well aware of the words I toss around. #6, Eric, first comment eh? "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Krieg70 and EA, glad you guys can handle a joke. And #7, S, I like your style. At least you asked if I was a secretly self-hating republican, WoW playing, virgin. No one takes the time to ask these questions anymore. Oh and the answer is no.

Ethan Anderton on Oct 13, 2009


#10 You tell me.

EA on Oct 13, 2009


#9, I do not recall denying the validity of Ethan's shot at Fox News? I was simply giving him a hard time and I think, judging from his response at #11, he got it. In fact, I would actually go several steps further and say that Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, CBS, ABC, CNN, DNC, RNC, XYZ, all politicians, et al, are all about 80-90% full of bull shit. Anyway, I love pretty much everything J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have put out so I have faith whatever this is it'll be good.

S on Oct 13, 2009


#13 I agree. Didn't mean to lump you with the others. My comment was really more directed at those posts before you. And just a side note, since the topic has shifted from J.J. Abrams to politics, I find NPR actually pretty balanced. Despite its reputation among those on the right, I find that they always have respected voices from both sides and seem to have an actual commitment to journalism -- unlike Fox and MSNBC (and even CNN these days).

EA on Oct 13, 2009


Wow.....I came to a fanboy site and a political debate broke out!!!!! Who Would Have Thought!! Ethan...I sing your praises! If we can come on this site everyday and roast actors, producers, directors and ideas it seems highly silly and ridiculous that we can't also do the same to something else in pop culture..especially when talking about a TV network that is as much of a JOKE as Fox "News"!! I mean that network and it's characters are right out of a movie script anyway! To the guys getting upset (3-6)...piss off! Fox "News" has the free will to bash whoever and whatever they want...and so do WE!! By the way..give JJ Abrahms whatever money he wants...the guy is on fire right now and until he cools off I think it is safe to call him a sure bet.

Jay on Oct 13, 2009


Wait something got political on this site? Damn I missed it, someone on this site must have deleted it. But what I wanna know is how it went from talking about J.J. Abrams to fox news? Wow must have really been some post...

Caitie on Oct 13, 2009


J.J. Abrams brilliant? Hardly, he's average to the bone.

SlashBeast on Oct 14, 2009


@17...yes, in total agreement...actually, he's a f*cking hack with an obsession for young men...highly over rated...

cloverfield_sucks on Oct 14, 2009


Wow, calm down people. it was a small comment directed at a news channel (not a political party)that was meant to be taken very lightly.

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