Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams Turned Down Major Offer From Apple

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September 17, 2019  12:34 PM

 

 

J.J. Abrams has been quite in demand for the past few years. Not only did the director successfully revive Star Trek franchise with Star Trek and Into Darkness, but he also breathed new life into the Star Wars franchise as well, sparking a new trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Abram’s brand of success has attracted quite a number of deals for the director. Not only did WarnerMedia offer the filmmaker a $250 million deal for Abrams and his company Bad Robot to create new movies, TV shows, and video games, but it looks like Apple wanted to sign the director as well.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple approached Abrams with a $500 million offer, however, the veteran filmmaker and producer decided to turn down the deal to go with WarnerMedia instead.

Apparently, Abrams had a pretty good reason to turn down Apple’s offer. The iPhone company’s deal came with one major problem – Apple wants Abrams and his company, Bad Robot, to develop content exclusively for the company. This is impossible for the director because Abrams already has a number of other projects for different other companies.

Abrams is working for Lucasfilm’s latest project, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He’s also reportedly attached to Paramount for something new for the Star Trek franchise. The director’s in the video gaming scene, too. Abrams is currently working to produce a new videogame together with Epic, the developer of Fortnite.

While WarnerMedia’s offer was much lower compared to Apple’s, Abrams ultimately chose the former because it had “larger opportunities” for Bad Robot.

What do you think of Apple’s deal? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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