J.J Abrams drafts Fringe duo to rewrite swashbuckling robot epic

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Dec 14, 2012

We all know J.J. Abrams' intense love of mystery, starting back when he was given a "mystery box" from Tannen's Magic Shop in New York City as a child and continuing into stealth release modes for flicks like Cloverfield and Super 8. Now the latest mystery unfolds ...

We're unsure of the exact timeline, but Abrams has peeled back the Oz curtain for a peek into his next project. Fringe writers and co-executive producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker have been hired to rewrite J.J. Abrams' top-secret project Zanbato at Paramount Pictures. The story involves a hidden history of feudal Japan and kickass robotics.

A "zanbato" is an especially large style of Japanese sword, also called a "horse-slaying saber," as it's thought to be an effective anti-cavalry weapon that could kill a horse and rider in one clean swing. Impressive! (You won't see one of those on the new Swiss Army knife.)

The sword, and variations of it, are used by many characters in anime and fantasy videogames, most of which depict the behemoth weapon as an oversized sword forged with magical properties.

Breen and Schapker were producers on two other Abrams shows—Alias and Lost—and recently signed a sweet deal to co-executive-produce the fourth season for Fringe. The pair are also set to be developing another sci-fi show for Abrams' Bad Robot banner.

Anything about kung-fu robots with oar-sized knives by the Fringe minds and Svengali allure of Abrams has a certain "Show me, dammit!" quality that can't be resisted. Call us obsessed, but not late for dinner.

How about you?

(via Deadline)

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