A report claims that despite Apple’s higher offer, J.J. Abrams chose the partnership with Warner Bros. because of its “deep bench of IP”.
THR reports that J.J. Abrams, his wife and Bad Robot partner Katie McGrath have opted to remain with WarnerMedia for their new partnership in a five-year pact. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are set to produce new content for Warner Bros., HBO and the upcoming HBO Max streaming service. This deal is worth at least $250 million.
Apple reportedly offered J.J. Abrams a deal in the range of $500 million to set up Bad Robot as exclusively part of the $1 trillion company. Ultimately, J.J. Abrams rejected Apple’s deal due to the fact that it was asking for Bad Robot to produce content exclusively for them, preventing him from working on projects from other companies that include Disney (of which he’s currently working in post-production for with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and Paramount, where he has an established history working on both the Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises.
J.J. Abrams also expressed concern about Apple’s lack of a theatrical distribution model, which WarnerMedia still has thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. Along with theatrical distribution, J.J. Abrams was offered access to a “deep bench of IP” to work on as well as opportunities to create new franchises.
When it comes to his career as a film director and producer, J.J. Abrams is known for his journeyman approach in directing films in already-established franchises such as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course, Star Wars. Given that Warner Bros. has a few franchises for J.J. Abrams to work on, this certainly was a major factor into choosing this partnership.
Many DC Comics fans have expressed interest in having J.J. Abrams step into the DC Extended Universe to direct a film – perhaps a Superman movie. After all, he penned a script entitled Superman: Flyby in 2002.
Given this new deal with Warner Bros., what kind of projects and established IP do you think J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot will work on? Also, was this the right decision over Apple’s $500 million offer? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding J.J. Abrams, Warner Bros., Apple TV Plus and more.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.