Paramount extends deal with Abrams

Studio stays with Bad Robot until 2013

Paramount Pictures has extended its overall deal with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods., keeping the company on the lot through 2013.

Deal comes as the studio moves into promotional warp speed for the May 8 release of “Star Trek,” which Abrams directed and produced.

Abrams and longtime producing partner Bryan Burk set the company at Paramount in July 2006.

Bad Robot’s first release was “Cloverfield,” which grossed $170 million worldwide. “Star Trek” is the company’s second film; Bad Robot begins production in June on Harrison Ford-Rachel McAdams starrer “Morning Glory,” to be directed by Roger Michell for release in 2010.

“Bad Robot was one of the first deals we made to help rebuild the studio,” Paramount Pictures chairman-CEO Brad Grey said. “J.J. has since become part of the fabric of Paramount, and we look forward to continuing our fruitful creative collaboration for many years to come.”

Abrams said: “Bad Robot has had an incredibly fun and productive collaboration with Paramount. We feel like we’re just getting started.”

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