Paramount and Bad Robot are now expected to end their partnership as the J.J. Abrams production company will look for a new studio and have already started courting contenders that are duking it out. Deadline reports that Apple, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros. are in the mix with the latter two being considered the top dogs.
Sources with knowledge of the bake-off said that Universal, Disney and Warner Bros are the major studios battling it out, with Disney and Warner Bros. — which has housed Bad Robot’s TV division — considered favorites, but with Universal pulling out all the stops to win the deal. Apple is also an intriguing alternative, as the cash-rich company looks to make Abrams a fulcrum for its own creative content ambitions in Hollywood.
They certainly have a body of work to be proud of and worth the big studios to fight over as they can offer a lot of original content.
Bad Robot is likely best known for contributing to franchises that J.J. Abrams has gotten involved with, those releases such as Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: Episode IX. Their original films include Cloverfield, Super 8, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Cloverfield Paradox that ended up on Netflix, and the WWII horror flick Overlord. On the television side of things, their credits include Alias, Fringe, Lost, Westworld, Castle Rock, and Almost Human.
Bad Robot’s current involvement with the billion dollar Star Wars franchise could give Disney a bit of an edge. While most of the current Disney+ content has been Star Wars and MCU related, they’ll likely want original shows and films which they could provide them, Bad Robot could easily be part of the future of Disney+, ABC, and their newly acquired Fox networks as well.