After months of back-and-forth wrangling, JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company have signed a mega deal—estimated to hover around $250 million—with WarnerMedia. The deal includes film, TV, games and digital content. He and wife Katie McGrath lead Bad Robot together.
Last Fall, a number of media congloms, including Netflix, Apple and Disney, began competing for Abrams’ loyalty, but WarnerMedia emerged as the leader quickly due to Abrams’ and WarnerMedia’s 13-year history. Of Bad Robot’s current roster, three are at WarnerMedia’s HBO: Westworld, Lovecraft Country and Demimonde, the first series Abrams has solely created since Alias.
This puts Abrams in the same league as Greg Berlanti ($400 million from Warners), Ryan Murphy ($300 million from Netflix) and Shonda Rhimes ($100 million from Netflix). Unlike Berlanti and Murphy, Abrams did not bring a backend to the deal.
He will honor his previous commitments, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which he is currently editing for Disney. He also has three shows in the works at Apple: the Stephen King adaptation Lisey's Story, starring Julianne Moore; Sara Bareilles' Little Voice; and the Jennifer Garner vehicle My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.