Is J.J. Abrams about to become the planet's most powerful geek?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

Not that the Star Trek and Super 8 director is doing too badly as it is: His Bad Robot production company has Lost, Fringe and Alias under its belt, with a couple more pilots shooting for the fall. But planets are aligning that could make him a captain of the universe.

The fact that Abrams' agent, John Fogelman, is leaving his high-powered post at William Morris Endeavor might sound like a minor entry in some inside-Hollywood newsletter. But here's the thing: Fogelman was the guy who engineered Hasbro's post-Transformers infiltration of Hollywood, making the deals that brought Battleship, Ouija and Stretch Armstrong to the screen and introduced Hasbro to the Discovery Channel, which resulted in The Hub appearing on your cable dial. Fogelman was also Michael Bay's agent and, according to Vulture, was responsible for adding $50 million a year in commissions to the agency's bank account.

And he's walking away from that. He's reportedly lined up some well-heeled Wall Street investors and opening a "strategic advisory" company. Yeah, we don't know what that means either, aside from the fact that he wants to make Bad Robot and Abrams bigger than Oprah. How? Well, here's Vulture's theory:

"Maybe a Bad Robot line of comic books, web series, or toys? (Hasbro toys, even?) And just like with The Hub, Fogelman could conceivably develop a Bad Robot channel, curated by Abrams. And let's think really big: He could set up Abrams (or Bay, for that matter) with deep-pocketed investors, allowing the directors to finance their own movies."

In other words, it's possible that Abrams could be the first genre filmmaker since, maybe, Roger Corman to be a vertically integrated master of his domain.

I guess the question is: Is he the geek we want in charge?

(via Vulture)

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