Landscape J.J. Abrams expands Paramount deal

Test Bad Robot's first-look deal re-upped through 2013

Paramount and J.J. Abrams are renewing their vows. The Melrose studio has extended its first-look deal with Abrams' Bad Robot Prods., run by Abrams and producer/partner Bryan Burk, through 2013. Their first arrangement was consummated in 2006.

Paramount will release its big-budget, Abrams-directed "Star Trek" reboot May 8.

"Bad Robot has had an incredibly fun and productive collaboration with Paramount," Abrams said. "We are all so grateful for their amazing support and creative team and feel like we're just getting started."

Said Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey: "Bad Robot was one of the first deals we made to help rebuild the studio. J.J. has since become part of the fabric of Paramount."

Bad Robot and Paramount released their first collaboration, "Cloverfield," which grossed $168 million worldwide, in January 2008. After "Trek," the companies begin production on the Aline Brosh McKenna-penned comedy "Morning Glory" in June. Roger Michell is directing Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams in the 2010 release.

Abrams and Burk's outfit, which includes film head Sherryl Clark and TV head Kathy Lingg, is known for its focused development, silence about plot lines and stealth marketing. Among other projects in their stable are a remake of the 1980 teen-sex drama "Little Darlings"; "Men Making Music," a competing-men's-choruses comedy written by Clay Tarver; and a potential franchise adaptation of the epic Stephen King series "The Dark Tower," which Damon Lindelof will tackle after "Lost" ends.

A Wired article about a Belgian diamond heist and a New York Times article about a uniquely designed Manhattan apartment called "Mystery on Fifth Avenue" also are in the works.
And in the super-secret vault are a mixed-genre script being penned by Travis Beacham, an earthquake-centered project being written by David Seltzer and a guarded-by-black-smoke-monster idea created by Abrams and Lindelof that the latter might produce.