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Paramount Extends J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Deal to 2018

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions have extended their first-look deal for three years through July 2018.

Bad Robot and Paramount’s first-look partnership began in 2006. Since then, Bad Robot’s films for Paramount have included 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” 2011’s “Super 8,” 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

“Ghost Protocol” was the top performer among the Bad Robot titles with nearly $700 million in global box office.

Bad Robot is currently shooting “Mission: Impossible V,” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and Tom Cruise returning in his starring role. Cruise is also producing the franchise film, co-financed by Skydance Productions and set for a July 31 release.

Paramount decided last month to move “Mission: Impossible V” forward from Christmas — thus avoiding a clash with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which Abrams directed. The seventh Star Wars movie opens Dec. 18.

Bad Robot is in post-production on “The Cellar,” a thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. It’s in pre-production on the next “Star Trek” film, directed by Justin Lin and scheduled to begin filming this summer for release in July 2016.

Abrams directed “Mission: Impossible III,” “Super 8,” “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

Paramount Pictures chairman-CEO Brad Grey said in a statement: ““Through unrivaled imagination, talent and skill, J.J. has consistently entertained audiences around the world with his unique and creative approach to storytelling. Paramount takes an incredible amount of pride in our longtime partnership with J.J. and the entire Bad Robot team, and we look forward to being their home for many more years to come.”

Abrams also issued a statement: “I am so grateful to Brad Grey and all of Paramount for giving Bad Robot such a supportive, creative and collaborative home. The whole Bad Robot team looks forward to the coming years with our most excellent partners.”

 

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