‘Star Wars’ Producer Robert Watts Unveils New Films

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British producer Robert Watts, who worked on the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” trilogies, is developing a pair of movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

Watts is teaming with Italian songwriter Mauro Repetto and French writer Typhanie Soulat on the live-action/animated romantic comedy “Miranda” and psychological thriller “5, 6, 7, 8.” Real Big Hits is the exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agent.

“Miranda” centers on an unborn baby who — with the help of angels — battles witches to ensure that her future parents find each other, fall in love and bring her to life. The film blends traditional animation, computer animation and live action. Repetto, founder of the pop group 883, is writing the script with Soulat. The duo is also writing the soundtrack.

“5, 6, 7, 8” centers on a sociable marketing executive who’s leading a double life as a kidnapper of young women to create a human keyboard that will perform the titular song with a dance routine.

Watts’ career began in the 1960s as a production manager and location manager on “Darling,” starring Julie Christie; the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”; and on Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He was employed by producer Gary Kurtz as production supervisor on 1977’s “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and worked as associate producer on “The Empire Strikes Back” and co-producer on “Return of the Jedi.”

He also worked as associate producer on “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and was a producer on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” He worked on other Steven Spielberg-presented productions, including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.”

Watts most recently worked on an untitled documentary about peace activist Garry Davis, directed by Arthur Kanegis.

Real Big Hits CEO Wendy Wang, said, “I am excited to represent legendary filmmaker Robert Watts working with a new generation of creative talent developing exciting new projects.”

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  1. Aptar says:

    Blowing on that endo, gamecube nintendo

  2. Frank Marshall says:

    Go Robert! Thrilled to hear about your new projects. They all sound quite intriguing and right now Hollywood is in dire for your endless fountain of creativity. I certainly regard you as one of the smartest / most fantastic movie producers of all time, but I also consider you to be one the truest gentleman walking this planet – you are a major inspiration!

  3. Marc Lester says:

    Very cool. As they say in hollywood, break a leg on these new projects, they sound great. Really great to see this icon of the film industry announcing some new projects. I look forward to hearing who will direct!

  4. Movie Addict says:

    Fantastic news! I wonder if he’ll be working with Lucas and Spielberg again one of these days, Zemeckis too. Either way, totally stoked to hear about these new projects.

  5. Bill Letzgo says:

    Very Cool! Hope you have good luck with this project!

  6. Star Wars fan says:

    This is very exciting! I’ve been a Robert Watts fan since I was a kid..so great to see him making movies again. I didn’t realize that before star wars and indy that he worked on 2001 and james bond among others…trul the return of a legend!!!!

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