If you would have told me a couple years ago, when I still had the bad taste of Cloverfield in my mouth, that J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot had a new action film in the works, my ears probably wouldn’t have perked up much. But right now I’m still riding off the high of Super 8 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, so questions of what Bad Robot is up to next are very much on my mind. Talk about a good 2011.
Now, this company is famously secretive, so of course not much is know about their new project, but Variety is reporting that Abrams and his partner Bryan Burk, along with Let Me In director Matt Reeves, are set to produce a new action movie that will be directed by Brad Parker, coming from a script by Michael Gilio.
Parker has one feature under his belt, The Diary of Lawson Oxford, and he did work with Reeves as a second unit director on Let Me In, but he seems to be a filmmaker that comes from the school of David Fincher. He cut his teeth doing a lot of commercial work and work for MTV, and then he stepped into the film world by doing digital effects for Fight Club back in the late 90s. It sounds to me like he’s learned at the feet of all the right people, so I’m interested to see what he has to offer as the man in charge. Less is known about Gilio. He’s got a few scripts under his belt that almost made it to the big screen, but we haven’t yet seen anything he’s written come to fruition. Apparently, Annapurna Pictures and first time director Chris Milk are making one of his scripts, called Bitterroot, soon though, so with that and this he may become a name to watch.
Hollywood is always in need of a good action film, and it seems like this one has some promising names attached, so hopefully it gives us all something to talk about soon. And, at the very least, we can all look forward to getting annoyed by its eventual viral ad campaign.