Writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams is a master of keeping his mystery-centered science fiction productions under wraps. Lost kept viewers guessing right up until its series finale, and both Cloverfield and Super 8 had shrewd marketing campaigns that teased their mysterious monsters without revealing much, driving moviegoers' anticipation to a fevered pitch. Even now as he is in post-production on his much-anticipated sequel to 2009's Star Trek, Abrams has been tight-lipped about the film's plot, villain, and even its title! So, please bare all this in mind as we share what little news Variety was able to garner about the most recently revealed Abrams production.
Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, has struck a deal with Paramount to produce a spec script that the studio bought from up-and-coming screenwriter team Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. It's said to be a low budget, "contained" thriller with sci-fi elements. As to what "contained" means in this context, I would venture the film will be set within one location, meaning its hero/heroes are trapped/contained. However, without even a title to go on, speculation on what this sci-fi thriller could be about would be wild at best. Paramount is not commenting on the deal, and it's safe to assume Bad Robot won't be announcing any plot details any time soon.
Of course the internet is the ideal place for wild speculation, so feel free to share your thoughts on this picture, its plot and title in comments. To help fuel your muse, here's what little we do know about Campbell and Stuecken. The former is presently penning an English-language remake of the classic John Woo crime-thriller The Killer; the latter collaborated with Cry_Wolf's co-writers, Beau Bauman and Jeff Wadlow, on the short film The Tower of Babble, which you can view below:
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