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What is Zanbato, JJ Abrams' latest mystery project?

04.19.2011
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Forget Austin Powers, JJ Abrams is the new International Man of Mystery. Even as his upcoming summer blockbuster SUPER 8 tantalizes audiences with its top-secret plot, he's already working on his next hush-hush project. And so I ask you, what exactly is ZANBATO?

As he often does, Abrams has hired writer/producers from one of his many projects - in this case "Fringe" exec producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker - to work on a script based on an idea he's come up with. ZANBATO is one of Abrams' many Bad Robot projects stewing at Paramount and Breen and Schapker are tasked with bringing it to life. Little is known about the project (a-DUH), but it's reportedly in the sci-fi genre, involves Japanese history and robotics and was described as "swashbuckling robots with swords."

This sort of makes sense as "zanbato" means "horse-slaying sword" in Japanese and was an extremely large sword used in feudal Japan. It gets its name from the idea that a warrior could kill both the horse and its rider with one swing. It would not be his first film inspired by Japanese culture as he's frequently spoken about how CLOVERFIELD was inspired by trips to Japan with his young son.

It's very likely this won't be a film Abrams will direct but will hand off to another one of his proteges. So what do you make of a film about pirate robots from Japan? Sounds rather ridiculous but with Abrams there always seems to be a little more going on than what we expect...

Source: Deadline

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3:21PM on 04/19/2011
A movie about robots and japanese sword fighting from JJ Abrams? That doesn't sound cool at all. I kid, I kid, this sounds like another winner. This man seems to have a golden touch, so I'll look forward to seeing this develop.
A movie about robots and japanese sword fighting from JJ Abrams? That doesn't sound cool at all. I kid, I kid, this sounds like another winner. This man seems to have a golden touch, so I'll look forward to seeing this develop.
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1:50PM on 04/19/2011

Sucker Punch...

robot samuaris who fight. enuff said.
robot samuaris who fight. enuff said.
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11:53AM on 04/19/2011

STAR TREK 2 NEXT!!!!!!

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*see title*
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11:49AM on 04/19/2011
It actually does sound pretty cool. I'd go see it but seriously, where the hell is Star Trek 2.
It actually does sound pretty cool. I'd go see it but seriously, where the hell is Star Trek 2.
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9:49AM on 04/19/2011
I like the guy and all but can we please get Star Trek 2 going yet?
I like the guy and all but can we please get Star Trek 2 going yet?
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9:43AM on 04/19/2011
Pleeeeaase, just sign on as director on Trek 2 already! And get the Enterprise out of the garage for a kickass 2012 at the movies!
Pleeeeaase, just sign on as director on Trek 2 already! And get the Enterprise out of the garage for a kickass 2012 at the movies!
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9:13AM on 04/19/2011

Ridiculous?

You say that like it's a bad thing. This sounds great!
You say that like it's a bad thing. This sounds great!
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