If Hollywood project development deals are marriages, then J.J. Abrams’ deal with Paramount is one of the most high profile in town.
Unfortunately it also means his ‘business philandering’ has become very public, with the filmmaker now twice dumping the opportunity to develop a new project to direct at the studio in favour of helming a “Star Wars” movie over at Disney.
A new report at THR goes into the decision by Abrams to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX,” and how that decision comes at a time when his ‘home’ studio of Paramount Pictures desperately needs a hit.
As a result of the choice by Abrams, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos is said to be “not happy” with the filmmaker, but didn’t have much choice but to accommodate his wishes. Paramount was also reportedly able to get Disney to pay up a one-time sum for the writer/director’s absence, even if it wasn’t much.
Abrams’ lucrative deal with Paramount ends next year and the studio hopes once the director has finished ‘Episode IX’ he will come back to Paramount to renew his deal.