J.J. Abrams And Bad Robot Take On “Beta” From “Now You See Me” Scribe Ed Solomon (EXCLUSIVE)


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〉 Solomon recently worked on the script for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director has added to his lengthy slate, from a script by Now You See Me screenwriter . The project is set up at Paramount, where Abrams and his banner Bad Robot have a long-standing first-look feature deal.

The details on Beta are being kept tightly under wraps, but we’re hearing that it has a high-concept story that combines Solomon’s distinct style of action and tongue-in- cheek comedy with elements of Inception and The Matrix.

Abrams is producing with exec Kevin Jarznski for Bad Robot. Elizabeth Raposo will oversee for the studio.

Following the blockbuster success of The Force Awakens, Abrams has shown no signs of slowing down, though he has shifted his focus from directing to producing. As the tone-setter of Disney’s Star Wars franchise, Abrams is currently producing director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII while Star Trek: Beyond awaits release. Abrams is also behind the sci-fi thriller God Particle – currently in  and is executive producing the upcoming HBO series Westworld from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. While it is unlikely that Abrams will sit behind the camera for Beta, it’s not out of the question, as are still actively on the hunt for the right person to helm the project.


Solomon, who recently worked on the adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The BFG for Steven Spielberg, also wrote the heist blockbuster Now You See Me and its sequel. Solomon, whose first produced screenplay was the 1989 cult classic Bill and Ted’s Excellent , has an impressive resume that includes hits like Men in Black, X-Men, and Charlie’s Angels.

Solomon is currently working on the latest draft of Universal’s Invisible Man reboot, starring Johnny Depp. Solomon also collaborated with Steven Soderbergh on The Knick director’s latest venture with HBO, Mosaic, a mysterious project that has only been described as an interactive experience, with “choose your own adventure” elements. 

Solomon is repped by .


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