Paramount, Abrams pact for pitch

Marston to write, direct supernatural thriller

Paramount Pictures has acquired a pitch for an untitled supernatural thriller that will be written and directed by Josh Marston and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.

Project was pitched to Abrams by Marston. The filmmaker, who made a splash with “Maria Full of Grace,” has also been developing an adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel “Fortress of Solitude.”

Details on the pitch were being kept under wraps, as is Abrams’ usual m.o. Still, only a year into a five-year pact with Paramount, Bad Robot has quietly set up at least seven projects, covering the comedy, romantic comedy, horror and supernatural genres. It’s expected that Bad Robot will generate at least two projects a year for the studio, but Abrams’ shop is keeping tight-lipped about all of them.

Abrams unveiled the tentatively titled “Cloverfield” with a teaser trailer on prints of “Transformers.” The modestly budgeted disaster pic that will open Jan. 18is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Drew Goddard, based on an idea by Abrams.

Abrams will begin directing “Star Trek” on Nov. 5, scripted and exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Pic’s produced by “Lost” exec producers Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof, and Stratton Leopold, who worked with Abrams on “Mission: Impossible III.” “Star Trek” opens Christmas Day 2008.

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