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JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce New Films by ‘black-ish’ and ‘The Good Place’ Writers

Production company adds six projects to develop in house

J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has acquired six new projects to develop in house, including films by “black-ish” writer Lisa McQuillan and “The Good Place” writer Megan Amram.

Bad Robot has acquired “The Steps,” written by Blair Butler, based on an original idea by director Stefan Grube and described as a twist on a possession story; the currently untitled project by Amram, which will be a female-driven horror allegory; “The Seven Sisters of Scott County,” which will be written and directed by Courtney Hoffman; an untitled Ben Shiffrin story about time travel; “Everything Must Go,” which will star Bobby Hall and he will also co-write alongside McQuillan; and “Only the Lonely,” to be directed by Grube and written by Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz.

Most recently, Bad Robot’s film division released the World War II horror film, “Overlord,” which grossed $10.2 million its opening weekend. Up next, Bad Robot will produce the third and final installment of the “Star Wars” trilogy, “Star Wars IX,” slated for 2019.

Abrams formed Bad Robot in 2001. The company has produced TV series such as “Alias,” “Fringe” and “Westworld,” and films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and the “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Cloverfield” franchises.

This year, the company launched Loud Robot, which is an independent music label in partnership with Capitol Music Group, as well as Bad Robot Games, a new division to develop large original games for mobile, PC and consoles.