J.J. Abrams Reportedly Seeking Overall Deal, Disney and Comcast in the Mix to Bid

Writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams is reportedly looking to sign an overall “megadeal” with one of the large media conglomerates, with Disney, Comcast, and Warner Bros. apparently all interested in the potential of such a proposal.

What’s happening

  • According to Variety, Abrams is pursuing an overall deal that could include everything from movies and TV series to digital content, games, consumer products, and more.
  • Interestingly, the site notes “theme park opportunities” as a potential aspect of such a deal as well.
  • Abrams is reportedly also looking to have a certain number of “put pictures,” meaning he’d have set, guaranteed films on a studio’s slate.
  • For all this, Variety sources say Abrams could be seeking half a billion dollars or more.

The Disney Connection

  • Among those apparently interested in such a deal with Abrams are Disney CEO Bob Iger and studio chairman Alan Horn.
  • Moreover, Variety describes Disney as having an advantage given their currently relationship with Abrams, who’s returning to Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
  • Of course, Disney also has all of the ingredient necessary to make Abrams’ ambitions reality.
  • However, perennial rival Comast is also apparently in the mix.
  • Warner Bros. is also considered to be a possibility, although the other two are seen as frontrunners.

For the record

  • Disney declined to comment on Variety’s report as did Universal.
  • Additionally, Warner Bros. had no immediate response.
  • And representatives for Abrams also declined to comment.