Monica Breen and Allison Schapker have a lengthy history with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot productions banner. The pair has worked on “Alias”, “Lost”, “Fringe”, and is developing a pilot for a “heightened reality” crime series called “Pulp”. Now the team has been hired to rewrite one of Abram’s super-secret movie projects at Paramount.
The film bears the working title “Zanbato”, and the story apparently revolves around robots and Japanese history, and has been described as “swashbuckling robots with swords”. An action-oriented sci-fi movie with sword-wielding mechanoids? There is nothing even remotely wrong with that concept. This is the first I’ve heard of this, and I know Abrams has an endless multitude of projects in various stages of production, but damn, the potential in “Zanbato” is off the charts.
One other exciting bit of news included in the original article on Deadline, is that Breen and Schapker also signed a seven-figure deal to keep co-executive producing “Fringe” for season four. That means that, at least for now, there’s going to be more “Fringe”. Given the recent move to a Friday-night time slot and gradually slipping ratings (combined with Fox’s penchant for cancelling great shows) more “Fringe” isn’t something I’ve been able to take for granted lately. Along with “Justified” and “Community”, “Fringe” is one of the few shows that still keep me interested in TV.