J.J. Abrams Chose Warner Bros. Over Apple Because of “Deep Bench” of Properties

Mega-producer JJ Abrams has formally moved the whole lot of his Bad Robot manufacturing studio to WarnerMedia. Despite being supplied a reported record-breaking $500 million by Apple, Abrams finally determined to aspect with Warner for simply half the quantity. According to new experiences from THR, Abrams and Katie McGrath — his spouse and enterprise companion in Bad Robot — had been impressed with the corporate’s “deep bench” of properties.

Though it’s miles from affirmation, we might be remiss to not speculate in regards to the A-list filmmaker getting his ft moist with the Warner-owned DC Comics character. Other franchises owned by Warner embody Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers, Final Destination, Mortal Kombat, and The Conjuring universe. On prime of that, the conglomerate additionally owns the entire household of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties.

While assembly with Apple, the newest experiences reveal the Cupertino-based firm wished Bad Robot below an unique deal, therefore the hefty price ticket. That’d imply not solely would Bad Robot primarily need to strictly make content material for Apple’s new Apple TV+, however he’d be unable to do any exterior offers reminiscent of directing any additional Star Wars properties or purchasing new tv exhibits to third-party networks.

Then, there’s the connection Bad Robot already had with WarnerMedia. Warner’s tv arm was already residence to a first-look deal for Bad Robot’s tv properties, that means this new total deal will mix the manufacturing studio’s movie and tv sides at one broadcast companion. Bad Robot’s movie deal had beforehand been with Paramount.

“It is a thrill for Katie, Brian (Weinstein), and me and the rest of our team at Bad Robot to call WarnerMedia our company’s new home,” Abrams shared in a statement earlier Friday. “John Stankey has a powerful vision for the future of WarnerMedia and is committed to storytelling that connects people around the world. We are excited and gratified to be a part of this new chapter under his and Ann Sarnoff’s thoughtful leadership. I could go on for hours, and probably will, about the extraordinary Peter Roth and the entire Warner’s television group, with whom we’ve worked for over a decade, and I’ve wanted to collaborate with Toby Emmerich and his team for as long as I can remember. 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. We can’t wait to get started.”


What Warner Brothers-owned properties would you want Abrams and Bad Robot tackle? Share your ideas within the feedback beneath or by tweeting me at @AdamBarnhardt!

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