Fans of the recent string of Call of Duty games complete with Zombie Mode as well as those who have played Return to Castle Wolfenstein: rejoice! A movie is being developed by the amazing and talented J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and it’s all about Nazi Zombies! Abrams has been brought on to produce the project, which will be directed by Julius Avery (Jerrycan, Yardbird, and Son of a Gun) with writers Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips, and Shattered Glass) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Vacancy, and The Hole).
With a total of two unauthorized set photo dumps in the last week, Star Wars Episode VII seems like a leaky row boat. Hey, stuff happens, right? I mean, how many cell phone videos of Batman’s final fight with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises appeared on You Tube while that movie was shooting in Pittsburgh? Well, J.J. Abrams isn’t pleased. The filmmaker behind the upcoming Star Wars sequel posted a picture to Twitter that was a little tongue-in-cheek, but nonetheless reminded fans that the director know for his privacy on-set, would kind of like it back again. (more…)
J.J. Abrams has made a big announcement from the Star Wars: Episode VIIAbu Dhabi set. Disney, Lucasfilm, and Abrams production company, Bad Robot have introduced a new charitable initiative for UNICEF, Star Wars: Force for Change, that gives Star Wars fans a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII!
Things are starting to heat up in the Star Wars Episode VIIcamp. The first day of principle shooting has begun and there’s the first picture from the set, and an interesting rumor about the possible re-release of the original unaltered trilogy. What does it all mean? (more…)
There were some recent stirrings that J.J. Abrams was close to voting himself out of the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode VII, and that reason was that Abrams didn’t want to be locked down in Britain filming the new movie. Now, one would think that a nostalgia buff like Abrams would relish the opportunity to shoot a news Star Wars movie in the place where the original trilogy was filmed, but I guess he’d be too home sick to enjoy the way-back machine experience. But don’t feel too bad for J.J. because Disney’s apparently fronting some cash to his L.A. headquarters for some serious upgrades.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the offices of Bad Robot in Santa Monica are going to get some pretty groovy renovations that will allow the new Star Wars movie to be shot, at least in part, in Hollywood. The improvements include, “a green room, sound studios and other new facilities will be developed within the three-story, 18,000-square-foot Santa Monica building,” says the Reporter, adding that those “production spaces [are being] built specifically for the Star Wars project.”
Well, I guess Disney really wants to keep Abrams happy. Presumably, Disney isn’t going to tear out all the improvements when shooting is done, so I would say that the production capabilities of Bad Robot have just shot up. More’s the pity for Abrams and Co’s numerous critics out there.
Stay tuned for more Star Wars news as it develops.
J.J. Abrams’Bad Robot is back at it again releasing this curious teaser, Stranger. What does it all mean? Is this a movie, television show, web series? No one is certain yet, all we know is that, “Soon he will know,” and I guess we’ll know as soon as Abrams spills the beans on the project.
It’s a lovely little video, very moody, artfully done; it’s piqued my curiosity without really saying anything.
Men become lost. Men vanish. Men are erased, and reborn.
Take a look and let us know what you think this is in the comments section below. Once someone gets an opportunity to question Abrams about it we’ll bring you what he has to say.
J.J. Abrams has his fingers in all sorts of iconic pies right now, from Star Trek to Star Wars. So why not get involved in yet another classic? This time around, Abrams is set to take on The Twilight Zone, though it is not, as one might first think (and dread), going to be a reboot of the series.
Abrams’ shot at The Twilight Zone will be in completing one of Rod Serling’s already existing projects. It is, in fact, Serling’s last script, titled ‘The Stop Along the Way’. This story, which was never made during its time, will be turned into a mini-series courtesy of Bad Robot Productions. How much Abrams will be involved in production and what the story is actually about are still unknown factors.
What do you out there in Nerd Reader land think? Can the brains behind Lost bring one of Serling’s works to the small screen and keep it intact? Or should we let sleeping scripts lie?
According to a star of one film, and a producer of the other, the two most highly anticipated sequels since….well, ever probably, will begin filming almost simultaneously.
Both sequels are scheduled to begin production early in 2014, the Avatar 2 news was reported by Zoe Saldana, who plays Neytiri in the James Cameron franchise. She has also confirmed something long assumed regarding the Avatar sequels: As expected, Parts 2 and 3 will be filmed back to back. She mentioned this on The Johnathan Ross Show in the UK (according to Digital Spy), and had this to say about why the sequels will be produced consecutively:
I think that they’re doing a part two and a part three and they’re probably going to shoot it at the same time. Because if we just do two and then wait, I’ll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it’s a very hard process.
Bryan Burk, long-time producer for J.J. Abrams and co-founder of Bad Robot (as well as producer on Star Wars: Episode VII, naturally)revealed the rough, tentative shooting schedule for SW7 in an interview with Collider:
We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.
If these assertions prove accurate, then we can indeed expect a May 2015 release for Episode VII. Avatar 2, being more CGI-heavy, will probably take longer – estimates put its release at Christmas of 2015.
This new clip from J.J. Abrams’ hotly anticipated Star Trek sequel: Star Trek: Into Darkness (via Apple) shows Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk facing off with Benedict Cumberbatch’s superlatively creepy John Harrison while the latter is being held in what I can only assume is the Enterprise‘s brig (the exchange feels more than a little like the convo between Loki and Black Widow while the former was imprisoned in The Avengers…but that could just be me).
Pine is appropriately righteous and indignant, while Cumberbatch is just plain eerie…If this is what we can expect from Into Darkness, it might well surpass its predecessor:
And there’s more!
Charitybuzzis auctioning off a four-pack of VIP tickets to attend the Star Trek: Into Darkness premiere in Los Angeles, the proceeds going towards The Mission Continues: A charity that works with post-9/11 veterans. Paramount and Bad Robot are putting up $25 Grand to match the winning bid.
The winners will walk the red carpet, meet director J.J. Abrams and the cast, and attend the premiere after-party.
Sounds like it could be fun 🙂
And EVEN more!
IMAX is beginning a new promotion called IMAX FANFIX: They’re offering this original poster by artist Mark Englert to fans who show up to their 8pm show on Wednesday, May 15th at participating locations.
He’s already got himself elbow-deep in the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, but apparently even that isn’t enough for the soon-to-be legendary geek-lord J.J. Abrams. Since he’s got so much time on his hands, he decided that a venture into the world of video games and video game movies might be just the thing. According to a report by Wired, Abrams’ production studio Bad Robot will be teaming up with Valve in the near future.
The two had a few telling things to say while speaking at the recent DICE Summit. According to Abrams:
There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on.
And according to Valve bigwig, Gabe Newell:
We’re going to figure out if we can make a Portal movie or Half-Life movie together.
So it seems that the two see eye to eye on the inherit connections between video game and movie storytelling. What’s more, they look willing to put their money where their mouths are. With this pair working together, audiences may see some actual good video game movies in the future.
Of course, it might be a while if Abrams wants to keep that Disney-imposed Star Wars release date of 2015.