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Pajiba Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Secretely Working on 500 Rads

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 4, 2009 |

Given just how secretive J.J. Abrams likes to be about his projects — as in, he’d often rather no one even know they are being developed until he unleashes his hype machine a few months before release — I actually feel a little bad about breaking this news, as it’s bound to upset some folks. But that’s what we do, though I almost feel like one of J.J. Abrams’ henchman is going to bust into my house, throw a bag over my head, and I’m going to wake up three days later in a cell with Benjamin Linus staring me down (I’ll never reveal our source!)

Even still, beyond a title and a few small details, our inside source wasn’t able to provide much more than what I’m about to tell you.

Here’s what we know: J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, are secretly developing a movie called 500 Rads. I’m not sure, exactly, what that’s an allusion to, but a rad is an “absorbed radiation dose.”

All we know about the movie is that it’s being set up on the cheap — they’re budgeting $25 million. Also, that it’s going to be filmed in Europe (probably to help maintain the secrecy of the project). It’s based on an extensive J.J. Abrams outline, and Jeff Pinkner has been working on a script for several months. Pinkner is one of the many writers in the Abrams kingdom — he’s a writer and producer on “Alias.” “Lost” and “Fringe.” However, Pinkner hasn’t yet been able to complete the script and, now that he’s back on “Fringe,” Bad Root is talking to a couple more writers in the Abrams’ family about picking it up from there.

Oh, and also this: Though no one is revealing any of the plot details, we do know that it’s a movie in the vein of both Cloverfield and 28 Days Later. And if the movie does, in fact, have something to do with “absorbed radiation doses,” a zombie-type film is not out of the question.

And that’s that — if you don’t hear from me again, or if the Department of Homeland Security again mysteriously shuts down our site again, as they did back in 2005, you’ll know why.

(H/T The Hollywood Cog)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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