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J.J. Abrams, Billy Ray to Head Up Mystery Project for Paramount

Surprise! J.J. Abrams has been hired by Paramount (his go-to studio) to tackle yet another mystery project scheming in the back of Abrams’ head. Deadline also reports that screenwriter Billy Ray (Breach, State of Play) has been brought on to pen the script.

Both gents are currently keeping very busy in the Hollywood landscape. Abrams is producing a mountain of projects while turning his sights on his next directorial gig: the sequel to Star Trek. Ray has long finished penning the big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games for Lionsgate, a job he could likely repeat for subsequent sequels, depending on how well received the first film is.

Ray isn’t wanting for projects to write. Currently, he is penning Pan, meant to be a dark take on the Peter Pan story and is adapting the 24 film for Fox. On top of that, he is scripting an American remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, a 2009 Argentinian film that won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars—an adaptation he is also making his directorial debut.

Abrams? Nobody needs an explanation on how busy the man is. So we wouldn’t hold our breath for many more details on this “mystery” project for some time.


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