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J.J. Abrams And The Secrets of ‘Skywalker’

Director J.J. Abrams is trying to talk about his new Star Wars movie, but the process of making it keeps intruding. He’s in his office on the second floor of his Bad Robot production company’s Willy Wonka-worthy headquarters in Santa Monica, and his assistant keeps opening the door to pass him notes, as Abrams’ iPhone buzzes with increasingly urgent-seeming texts from the film’s visual-effects supervisor. He’s fresh from a stage over at Sony Studios, where John Williams was conducting an orchestra through the score for December 20th’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Just last week, Abrams was doing reshoots right here at Bad Robot, in a green-screen room that allows him maximum movie-tweaking flexibility. It’s mid-October, and the film is 71 days away from release.

Episode IX was supposed to be written and directed by Colin Trevorrow of Jurassic World fame, until Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reportedly rejected his screenplay, though Lucasfilm calls it a mutual parting of ways. That opened the door for Abrams, who directed 2015’s The Force Awakens, to jump back in with co-screenwriter Chris Terrio and start from scratch — hence the current crunch.

 

“It’s probably a lot easier than being a schoolteacher,” Abrams says. “But it has very particular challenges. Especially when you’re directing, and you’ve got people in the scene that aren’t human. When you have, in some cases, a scene with someone no longer living.” Among the trials of Episode IX, in addition to forging a satisfying conclusion to one of the most loved stories of the modern world, was dealing with the tragic and sudden 2016 death of Carrie Fisher. Unlike Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the character of Leia is still alive in the saga, a dilemma Abrams resolved via unused Force Awakens footage.

Abrams just struck a massive production deal with Disney rival WarnerMedia, which could get his hands on Superman, Batman, and the rest of the DC Comics pantheon — there are a notable number of Superman toys among the whimsical decorations downstairs. “We haven’t had those discussions yet,” Abrams says, not quite convincingly.

Read the Rolling Stone Interview HERE.

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J.J. Abrams, The Modern Master of Mystery, Makes His Mark On Marvel In The Spider-Man #1 Trailer

J.J. Abrams takes the webbed wonder to new heights when he and his son Henry partner with legendary spider-artist Sara Pichelli for a Spider-Man story like you’ve never seen before! Cadaverous, a terrifying new villain, will force Spidey to make some of the hardest choices of his life. Can he protect MJ, Manhattan…or even himself? Check out this brand new trailer for Spider-Man #1 featuring Executive Editor Nick Lowe and writers J.J. and Henry Abrams!  

Die-Cut Variant Cover designed by Chip Kidd

“Having these geniuses working together on Spider-Man, the greatest fictional character of all time, couldn’t be better,” Lowe exclaimed, a sentiment shared by the Abrams. “We knew [Sara Pichelli’s] stuff – she’s a genius,” J.J. added. “The fact that we got Sara to do this book was the luckiest gift of all time.”

Henry Abrams went on to shed more light on the creative team’s thinking behind the scenes. “Spider-Man in general has been one of the most interesting super hero characters to me – how when he gets stronger, his problems get bigger,” he said. “A large focus on our series was [Spider-Man] as a person and not just him as a mask. So how does he deal with these real issues? It’s been a pleasure exploring that.”

“Cadaverous is one of the most terrifying Spider-Man villains of all time – and that’s saying something,” Lowe warned. “Spidey has faced the Green Goblin, Carnage, Venom, and Cadaverous might be even scarier and a little bit grosser than any of them.”

Spider-Man #1 arrives September 18 in comic shops.

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J.J. Abrams & Henry Abrams Make Their Marvel Comics Debut With Spider-Man #1

The secret is out! This September, legendary filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek, Super 8) and his son Henry Abrams will co-write Spider-Man, a five-issue limited series years in the making, with art by the incredible Sara Pichelli (Miles Morales, Guardians of The Galaxy) and cover art by the amazing Olivier Coipel!

Speaking to The New York Times, J.J. teased, “The story shows Peter Parker in a way you haven’t seen him before.”

“Spider-Man is one of those super heroes where the more you read about him, for me at least, the less I understand him,” added Henry. “He’s so anti-everything that you’d expect from a hero. I think Stan Lee said something about putting the human in superhuman. That is what we’re trying to do.”

Together, the father-son duo will introduce fans to a mysterious new villain named Cadaverous – whose identity remains to be seen…but what do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?!

All will be revealed in September 2019 when Spider-Man #1 will be released.

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Watch The New Castle Rock Teaser Trailer

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. 

The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Produced by J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock centers on Henry Deaver (Andre Holland), an attorney who returns to the haunted Maine town to represent a prisoner (played by IT actor Bill Skarsgård) locked up in King’s favorite fictional prison, Shawshank. Castle Rock also stars Chosen Jacobs, who played Mike Hanlon in last year’s blockbuster King adaptation IT. The cast also includes Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek and Terry O’Quinn.

Castle Rock debuts July 25 on Hulu.

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Watch Hulu’s Castle Rock Super Bowl Spot 

Hulu has unveiled the Castle Rock Super Bowl spot, which you can watch below! The Stephen King-inspired series premieres on the streaming service this summer.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Castle Rock is coming to Hulu in Summer 2018.

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J.J. Abrams Directs Celebrity-Filled Trailer For A Comic Book Jimmy Kimmel Made At 10 Years Old

As a gift for Jimmy Kimmel’s 50th birthday, director J.J. Abrams teamed up with Ben Affleck to create a celebrity-filled trailer for a comic book, titled “The Terrific Ten,” that Kimmel made at 10 years old.

Here is the trailer of The Terrific Ten starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Cousin Sal, Jon Hamm, Shaq, Ty Burrell, Billy Crudup, Jake Tapper, and Wanda Sykes.

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Watch The First Castle Rock Teaser

Today, at the New York Comic Con, Hulu debuted the first Castle Rock teaser.

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Billy Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Castle Rock is coming to Hulu in 2018.

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J.J. Abrams To Write And Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

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Watch The Castle Rock Teaser From Stephen King & J.J. Abrams

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Bad Robot Productions released a cryptic teaser trailer for a new Hulu original series that reteams J.J. Abrams and Stephen King called Castle Rock.

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The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo featuring Abrams’ stationary bearing a handwritten note that included a YouTube link, which leads to this Castle Rock teaser.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Castle Rock will be a Hulu anthology series that brings together the characters and themes of King’s works that involve Castle Rock. If multiple seasons are made, the show will center on different groups of characters each season while also introducing elements from prior seasons.

Castle Rock is the name of a fictional location in Maine that has been the site of a number of King’s stories, including The Dead Zone and Cujo, and also referenced in a number of other King stories like It and Pet Semetary. The trailer itself also makes references to a number of other King works, including The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining, and more, so it remains unclear how far-reaching Castle Rock will be in its connections to King’s novels and short stories.

Bad Robot’s photo, in addition to the YouTube link, also included the mysterious sentence, “What is the hoax in the forest?”

No other details, including a release date, have been revealed so far, though King himself tweeted that “J.J. Abrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid.”

King and Abrams previously collaborated on the Hulu adaptation of King’s novel 11/22/63.

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Here is what we know so far:

What:

Castle Rock is a 10-episode drama from writers and exec producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan). It’s described as an ongoing series, though sources say that it’s more of an anthology that will weave together characters and themes from King’s novels featuring the mysterious Castle Rock location. Each season, sources say, will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.

Logline:

Here’s how Hulu describes the series: “A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Production team:

Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by King. Shaw and Thomason developed the project for television and executive produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot Productions’ Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Cast: 

No castings have been announced yet.

Context:

Castle Rock reteams Abrams and King with Hulu and Warner Bros. Television following the streaming service’s limited series 11.22.63, which starred James Franco. It’s Abrams’ latest TV series and joins HBO’s Westworld.

When:

A premiere date/time period is unclear. Production will begin this year.

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Summer ’78 – A Short Film

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Watch as a young boy during the late 70s plays with his favorite Star Wars toys and learn how his simple, but elaborate front yard adventures inspire his future. Directed by J.C. Reifenberg.

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