Star Wars and Star Trek director JJ Abrams just lately signed a take care of WarnerMedia for his firm Bad Robot to make new films, TV exhibits, and video video games in an settlement stated to be worth $250 million. Other firms wished to signal Abrams and Bad Robot as properly, together with iPhone firm Apple. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple got here to Abrams with a proposal within the space of $500 million, however the veteran TV and film producer stated no for what appears like a superb motive.
THR claims that Apple’s half-a-billion-dollar supply got here with a significant string hooked up: that Abrams and Bad Robot would develop content material solely for Apple. This would have meant that Abrams wouldn’t be permitted to pursue different initiatives, and he has many of those.
Abrams is presently partnered with Disney on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which he directed, whereas he’s additionally reportedly hooked up to Paramount for one thing new within the Star Trek sequence. In the world of video video games, Abrams is working with Fortnite developer Epic on a new title called Spyjinx. Abrams is presently additionally growing a sci-fi present with HBO known as Contraband, whereas he is making a brand new superhero film known as The Heavy with Paramount; he is additionally producing the film Zanbato with Guillermo del Toro.
According to THR, there have been “several factors” that led to Bad Robot deciding to cross on Apple’s supply, and the exclusivity requirement was certainly one of them. Another situation was “Apple’s lack of a theatrical distribution model,” in response to the report. Apple’s lack of IP was additionally cited.
One of the explanations Bad Robot finally signed with WarnerMedia was due to the “larger opportunities” associated to working with a longtime media big versus a relative newcomer within the leisure house like Apple. The deal was “less about money,” and extra about these future alternatives, THR reported.
As a part of the take care of WarnerMedia, Bad Robot will produce extra TV exhibits within the genres of drama, comedy, and longform, amongst others, and these might be produced for conventional TV and streaming providers alike. WarnerMedia owns HBO, so you may anticipate a number of the content material to point out up on HBO’s platforms.