J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play) are teaming up for an untitled mystery adventure film set up at Paramount Pictures. Deadline says Abrams and Ray pitched it together. That’s all we know and given Abrams’ fetishistic love of secrecy surrounding his projects and mysteries in general (he guest-edited the May 2009 issue of Wired and filled it with riddles), that’s probably all we’ll know up until a few months before the movie’s release where just about everything will be spoiled by advertising. To his credit, Abrams was able to keep the monster in Super 8 under wraps even though the monster’s appearance bears almost no bearing on the story.
Ray continues to keep busy. He’s working on the script for the 24 movie, the awful-sounding Channing Tatum Peter Pan prequel, the adaptation of Captain Richard Phillips’ memoir A Captain’s Duty starring Tom Hanks, and the remake of the Argentinean film The Secret in Their Eyes.