WarnerMedia emerges as frontrunner for new J.J. Abrams studio deal
J.J. Abrams is fielding a lot of offers lately. The filmmaker, and his production company, Bad Robot, are looking for a new studio deal that will encompass films, television, digital content, music, games, consumer products and theme parks. Currently, WarnerMedia is the frontrunner, according to Variety, but Apple’s new streaming platform is also being considered.
Still in the running are Disney, Universal and Netflix, with each company trying to woo Abrams into convincing him their studio will be where he’s allowed the most creative opportunity.
Abrams is basically a free agent at this point. His deal with Warner Bros. TV is up in 2019, and his feature film pact with Paramount expires in March of 2020. Not to mention he’ll wrap up his tenure with Star Wars when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this December. Now, with every major studio looking for content to draw in viewers (and in many cases, subscribers), Abrams and his track record in both the big and small screens makes him a potentially viable commodity. Especially with Bad Robot valued at roughly half a billion dollars.
That potential has brought out the big guns, with Disney boss Bob Iger, WarnerMedia chief John Stankey and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke all personally showing up to try and entice Abrams into signing with them.
Abrams is expected to make a decision sometime this summer.
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