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    J.J. Abrams in for earthquake film

    Producer teaming with 'Omen' scribe David Seltzer

    By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Aug 12, 2008, 01:00 AM ET

    J.J. Abrams, left, and David Seltzer (Getty Images photos)

    J.J. Abrams wants to make the earth move for you.

    The producer and David Seltzer, the screenwriter of the original "Omen," are working together to shake up audiences with a disaster flick for Universal involving an earthquake.

    The project is untitled and not intended to be a remake of Universal's 1974 movie "Earthquake." That film, released in the middle of that decade's disaster-flick frenzy that famously used "Sensurround" -- really just cranked-up bass -- to enhance the experience and became part of its popular studio tour.

    Details of the story are being kept in a seemingly tremor-proof vault, though as is Abrams' modus operandi, relationships will be at the core of the project. Abrams arguably rewrote the rules for disaster flicks with "Cloverfield," which thrust the big story to the background by making the audience see the bedlam through the prism of a personal relationship.

    Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk and Sherryl Clark via the trio's Bad Robot banner.

    Abrams, repped by WMA, is finishing up directing "Star Trek" for its May 2009 release. At the moment, he only plans to produce the "Earthquake" revamp.
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    Re: J.J. Abrams predicts 'Earthquake'

    YAY I love Disaster movies and JJ Abrams so this sounds fun.
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    You set the bar I could not live up to
    Tonight the light is breaking through
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