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‘God Particle’ believes in newbie helmer

Up-and-comer will direct buzzy sci-fi thriller for Paramount Insurge

Paramount and Bad Robot have tapped Julius Onah to helm “God Particle,” one of the more buzzed-about open directing assignments in town.

Story follows an American space station crew left abandoned after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.

Oren Uziel penned the script, and J.J. Abrams will produce. Film will be developed through Paramount InSurge, meaning it will be shot with a budget of about $5 million-$10 million.

Given the secrecy and Abrams’ attachment, every agency was hustling to set up an up-and-coming director.

Project marks the first major film for the CAA-repped Onah, who had previously made a name for himself with his short films such as “Big Man” and “Little Girl Blue.”

Abrams isn’t afraid to giving a relatively unknown director an opportunity to break out: Matt Reeves was best known as a writer on the TV show “Felicity” before Abrams tapped him to direct Paramount’s “Cloverfield,” which went on to $168 million at the worldwide B.O.

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