JJ Abrams had signed a lucrative $500 million development deal at WarnerMedia that envisioned the development of Bad Robot projects across various divisions of the entertainment company. Warner Bros. A new screenplay series is currently in development on Television, and it looks like Bad Robot will be entering more of the biography world rather than the usual genre productions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bad Robot is developing a series to air on Netflix that will focus on Irish rock band U2. While it’s unclear what part of the band’s timeline they will cover, they have managed to secure successful screenwriter Anthony McCarten. The author has previously written award-winning films such as “The Theory of Everything”, “Darkest Hour”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Two Popes”.
McCarten is considered a “highly acclaimed biographer”, but many Queen fans were disappointed that “Bohemian Rhapsody” acted freely without being tied to reality, while simultaneously downplaying Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality. Although this is considered a studio intervention to make the film more appealing to an audience, it would not be wrong to say that it worked, given its box office success.
Other projects in development by Bad Robot include a reboot of the sci-fi story Constatine and a series of DC Comics series, including a remake of Guillermo del Toro’s never-make “Justice League Dark” featuring “Madame X”. taking. It’s also next up on “The Pinkerton,” a direct sequel to “Cloverfield” and a supernatural movie.