Paramount, Bad Robot developing action pic

Brad Parker to direct untitled film, produced by J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves

Hot off making his feature directorial debut on FilmNation’s Oren Peli-produced “The Diary of Lawson Oxford,” Brad Parker has been tapped to direct an untitled action movie for Bad Robot and Paramount.

Matt Reeves will produce with Bad Robot principals J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. Michael Gilio (“Carter Beats the Devil”) wrote the script, though the logline remains under wraps.

Paramount had no comment.

Parker has a close relationship with Reeves, having served as second unit director on Reeves’ vampire pic “Let Me In.”

An acclaimed commercials helmer who has directed spots for Nike, Nintendo and Sony, Parker began his career in the early 1990s as an animator and art director at MTV, where he co-founded the company’s digital animation lab. He joined Digital Domain in 1998 to work on visual effects for “Fight Club” and “XXX.”

Gilio recently wrote “Bitterroot,” Annapurna Pictures’ drama that’s expected to mark the feature directorial debut of veteran music video helmer Chris Milk. Gore Verbinski and Jonathan Krauss will produce through the former’s Blind Wink banner along with Scott Aversano via his Aversano Films shingle.

Bad Robot recently produced “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” which is on its way to a global gross of more than $500 million. Company is about to start production on the Abrams-directed “Star Trek,” sequel, which recently enlisted Benedict Cumberbatch (“War Horse”) to serve as its villain.

Parker is repped by Paradigm and attorney Darren Trattner, while UTA reps Gilio.

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