Director on Board for J.J. Abrams’ Fringe

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Helmer Alex Graves is set to direct “Fringe,” the Fox drama pilot from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Production is set to begin in February on the two-hour pilot for “Fringe,” which revolves around paranormal mysteries, as seen through the eyes of a crazy research scientist, his estranged son and a female FBI agent.

Fox has given a series commitment to the project, which comes from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. The budget for the pilot is in the $10 million range.

Graves will serve as an executive producer on “Fringe,” joining Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci and Bryan Burk.

Graves’ credits include “Journeyman,” “The Nine,” “The West Wing,” “Boston Public,” “Gideon’s Crossing,” “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal.”

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