Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures have upped their first-look deal through July 2018, both companies announced today. The news comes just as TheWrap reports that plans are underway for a new feature film based on the life of Thomas Edison.
“Through unrivaled imagination, talent and skill, J.J. has consistently entertained audiences around the world with his unique and creative approach to storytelling,” says Paramount’s Chairman CEO Brad Grey. “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.”
“I am so grateful to Brad Grey and all of Paramount for giving Bad Robot such a supportive, creative, and collaborative home,” adds J.J. Abrams. “The whole Bad Robot Team looks forward to the coming years with our most excellent partners.”
Bad Robot and Paramount are currently gearing up to release director Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible V this summer. Tom Cruise is set to reprise his Ethan Hunt role opposite the returning Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney and Rebecca Ferguson also headline the July 31 release.
Also on the way are the post apocalyptic tinged thriller The Cellar, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and next summer’s still-untitled Star Trek sequel, arriving just in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
No official details on the Edison project are available quite yet but, according to the outlet, the film will “depict the legendary inventor as a rugged eccentric genius.” As always, check back for updates as they become available.