After delivering two hit shows -- Lost and Alias -- and a revival to the Mission: Impossible franchise with M:i:III, JJ Abrams has made himself one hot piece of real estate.
JJ Abrams Bails on Touchstone for Warner Bros and Paramount
According to Variety, Abrams shocked entertainment buffs everywhere after he decided to bounce out on Touchstone and set up show over at Warner Bros. TV. The studio has signed Abrams on for a highly lucrative six-year pact.
Abrams, who showed the love by directing Paramount's Mission: Impossible III, has also taken his Bad Robot banner over to Paramount for a five-year deal. Many saw the Paramount deal coming considering the studio was there for his directorial debut and his promise to direct the next Star Trek installment; which will be a prequel.
It was the deal with Warner Bros. TV that came as the big surprise. Though talks began as early as last Wednesday between Abrams and Touchstone, the explosive news of his Warner Bros move came Friday morning.
For WBTV, landing Abrams has to be seen as a huge win. Studio adds another marquee name to its roster, while denying one of its biggest rivals a major star. It has been assumed that Abrams was valued by Warner Bros well into the eight figures.
WBTV is already home to a murder’s row of showrunners, including Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Chuck Lorre, David Crane and Hank Steinberg.
The good news for Touchstone is that Abrams will continue to serve as exec producer on Lost and Brian, as well as his latest project for the studio, the ABC fall drama Six Degrees. Studio prexy Mark Pedowitz cited that fact in a statement released Friday confirming Abramsí departure.
“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with JJ Abrams,” Pedowitz said. “He is a talented creative force.”
Whether Abram's move will have an impact on the quality of the hit series Lost is yet to be known.