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Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams sign with WarnerMedia

by Sean P. Aune | September 13, 2019September 13, 2019 9:30 am EDT

After an intense bidding war that saw just about every studio court him, J.J. Abrams has found a new home for his Bad Robot production company.

WarnerMedia has announced that Bad Robot will be moving over to their distribution commencing immediately and running through at least 2024. This new deal will see Bad Robot, which is headed up by Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, producing original TV shows, movies, games, and more.

The deal is reportedly for an initial $500 million with bonuses should certain plateaus be achieved.

This prolonged courtship was complicated slightly when Abrams headed back to Disney to direct Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but with that virtually out of the way now, a deal could finally be settled.

“We are extremely excited about the potential to deliver remarkable and memorable stories and characters across multiple platforms to audiences around the world. J.J., Katie and all of Bad Robot bring extraordinary vision, exquisite filmmaking, and exemplary industry leadership to this endeavor and our company,” WarnerMedia chief John Stankey said in a statement. “Across all forms of content, we are uniquely positioned to offer our creative partners a multitude of platforms to realize their artistic goals and ambitions, and to ensure that their stories have the best possible opportunity to connect with the right audience.”

“I am grateful for the chance to write, produce and direct work for this incredible company, and to help create films and series with a diverse and vast collection of inspiring storytellers,” Abrams said in a statement. “We can’t wait to get started.”

No word yet on what the first project will be, but people will be watching closely to see what Abrams does next.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing