It seems like "Star Wars" Director J.J. Abrams will be having his hands full for a while, as he finishes up a deal with Sony Pictures on a top-secret sci-fi film he will be producing.
According to Deadline, Abrams, represented by CAA, will be producing an untitled sci-fi film through his banner, the Bad Robot Production Company. This film will also be the feature directorial debut of Chris Alender, who also worked on the recent short film “Eye of the Storm.” Alender will be represented by UTA and manager Scott Carr.
After a heated bidding for the film between Sony Pictures, Lionsgate and STX, in the end, Sony’s Michael De Luca won, apparently due to his offer of aggressive progress-to-production language and is currently settling the deal. Aside from this film, Sony has also recently bought the rights to the NYPD corruption documentary “The Seven Five” and the Jon Spaihts sci-fi script “Passengers.”
Although details of the film have been strictly kept under the wraps, it has been revealed that it involves aliens and has a tone and movie budget similar to “Cloverfield,” Abrams’ 2008 sci-fi project directed by Matt Reeves.
The film was reportedly set up first at Paramount. However, Bad Robot had a struggle with it regarding several lower budget projects. Abrams was able to convince the studio to let it go and passed the reins to Sony.
The recent draft for the script was written by Justin Doble, also represented by UTA. Along with Alender’s sizzle reel, look-book, and five-minute teaser scene, they were both able to project the film in an effective visual that was presented to Sony.
Though this project will be Alender’s feature directorial debut, he is already quite experienced in the movie industry. Well-known for his work on music videos, he founded Soapbox Films in 2003 and specialized in original content and promotional projects for film and television, including shows for Disney Channel, The Muppets, Marvel Studios, HBO, FOX Reality, E!, MTV and The Travel Channel.
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