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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams has set up an untitled science-fiction project at Sony with Chris Alender making his feature directorial debut.

Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot production company. Sony was bidding on the project against several other studios.

The logline for the project is under wraps. Justin Doble wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Alender is the founder and CEO of 12-year-old Soapbox Films, which has worked on content for Walt Disney Studios, the Muppets, Marvel Studios, ESPN, Fox and MTV. He’s become known for his recent short film “Eye of the Storm.”

Abrams helped launch the directing career of Matt Reeves by producing the 2008 sci-fi film”Cloverfield.”

Alender is represented by UTA and manager Scott Carr. Doble is repped by UTA, Abrams by CAA. Attorney Alan Wertheimer reps Abrams and Alender.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.