New J.J. Abrams movie 'The Pinkerton' announced

Ben Arnold
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J.J. Abrams arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
J.J. Abrams (Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studio has announced its next project – The Pinkerton, set to be made at Warner Bros.

Though it's not yet releasing details or a log-line for the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter it's to be 'a supernatural revenge thriller' in a western setting.

The name of the movie is somewhat unmistakable, however.

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The Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which is still very much in business today as private security contractor Pinkerton, was founded in 1850 by Scotsman Allan Pinkerton.

Pinkerton himself claimed to have foiled the Baltimore Plot in 1861, a plan to assassinate the then president-elect Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln then hired the company's agents as his personal security during the Civil War.

Pinkerton agents were also hired to track down outlaws such as Jesse James and the Wild Bunch, so there's a western setting right there.

Writer Daniel Casey has penned the spec script for the project, the first to be picked up after Abrams' Bad Robot signed a five-year deal, said to have been worth as much as $500 million, with Warner Bros last year.

Casey has also penned the upcoming ninth movie in the Fast & Furious series, as well as working with Abrams on 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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Abrams, of course, was last seen behind the camera on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, with Bad Robot also getting a co-production with Lucasfilm on the ninth movie in the Star Wars saga.

He's also a producer on the current Mission: Impossible movie, M:I 7, which recently had filming in Venice suspended over concerns of the spread of Coronavirus.