Although Sony has had to deal with an unprecedented breach in their security systems, the studio still seems to be conducting business. Deadline reports that the studio is putting the “finishing touches” on a top secret sci-fi film being produced by J.J. Abrams and his banner, Bad Robot Productions. It doesn’t have a title, and will be helmed by a first-time director, but chances are that a great deal of buzz will be created by the mere fact that its science fiction with Abrams’ name attached to it.
The film’s director is named Chris Alender, whose most high profile work to date has been for a hybrid music video/short film for recording artist Ben Lovett’s song “Eye of the Storm.” After a bidding war that Deadline describes as “heated” — with studios like Lionsgate and STX in the mix — Sony has come out on top, with the studio’s production president Michael De Luca being credited for the eventual deal. In fact, De Luca seems to be hard at work in spite of the current issues inside Sony’s Culver City headquarters, as this film is the third major acquisition that he has overseen since the first onslaught by foreign cyber criminals last month.
The Deadline piece also makes mention of how Alender got the directing job. It says, “Alender helped his cause by coming in with more than a script. He cut together a sizzle reel that accentuated the inventive things the film brings to the genre; he created a digital look book that explained the visuals of the movie and he even made a five-minute teaser scene that was an action-heavy precursor to this film. Now, he’s strongly positioned to make his debut…”
As with most projects overseen by Abrams and Bad Robot, no comment is being made. The director is now, presumably, about to begin work on the post-production process for next December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he and Bad Robot are also expected to produce the third new Star Trek film that’s currently slated for release in 2016. For more on this secretive project as it develops, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation.
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