LOST’s Jack Bender Joins ‘Alcatraz’

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Via THR:

Jack Bender is continuing his long-standing relationship with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, signing on to Fox’s upcoming mystery drama Alcatraz.

From executive producer Abrams and writer/exec producer Liz Sarnoff, Alcatraz revolves around the famed San Francisco prison and the police team investigating the mysterious reappearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present.

Bender, repped by UTA, will executive produce and direct episodes of the series, from Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot and Bonanza Productions.

Bender’s credits also include Abrams’ Lost, Alias and Felicity. This past pilot season, he directed Fox’s Weekends at Bellevue, the Lauren Ambrose starrer that did not get picked up at Fox.

Alcatraz exec producers also include Abrams, Sarnoff, Bryan Burk (Lost). Co-executive producers are Steve Lilien (Kyle XY) and Bryan Wynbrandt (Kyle XY), who both penned the pilot with Sarnoff.

Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) stars as Rebecca Madsen, a detective who discovers a brutal murder was committed by a former Alcatraz prisoner who died decades ago. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) as government agent Emerson Hauser and former Lost star Jorge Garcia plays Dr. Diego Soto, an Alcatraz expert and comic book fan who helps Madsen with her case. Parminder Nagra (ER) co-stars as Lucy Banerjee, a technician who works with Hauser.

Alcatraz will premiere midseason on Fox.

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Jack Bender: The LOST Years

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J.J. Abrams & LOST Director Jack Bender Pucker Up for ’7 Minutes in Heaven’

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Via Heatvision.hollywoodreporter.com:

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot shingle are developing a thriller based on the teenage makeout game of snogging in the closet.

Called “7 Minutes in Heaven,” the original idea comes from Jack Bender, who most recently directed the final episode of ABC’s “Lost.” A longtime Bad Robot cohort, Bender signed a feature deal with the company in early June, and the “Heaven” project is his to helm. “Heaven” is being developed internally, but it likely will be set up at Paramount, the studio home of Bad Robot.

While plot details are being suppressed, it is known to focus on two teens who go into a closet as part of the titular game and find all their friends dead when they come back out.

Bad Robot is looking for a writer to tackle the idea.

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The Jack Ryan Franchise Gets LOST Director Jack Bender

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Via Vulture:

Looks like Paramount’s long-gestating reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan spy franchise is finally coming together: Vulture has learned exclusively that Lost executive producer — and frequent director — Jack Bender is a cat’s breath away from landing the job as the director of Moscow, in which a fresh-from-the-Marines Jack Ryan goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot. (Ryan is being played by another J.J. Abrams cohort, Star Trek‘s Chris Pine.)

Bender is an interestingly bold choice to reboot Ryan, because while Bender’s worked in-house for Abrams on Bad Robot–produced shows like Lost, Alias, and Felicity, he actually has precious little feature experience: His most recent directing credit is the (which carried the Best. Tagline. Ever: “Look who’s stalking!”). But then again, there’s no bigger producer on the Paramount lot than Bender’s patron, Abrams, and so he appears to be getting his shot. (In June, Abrams’s Bad Robot also signed Bender to a one-year first-look development deal that would have him developing projects and directing a pilot for Warner Bros. TV next spring, though we have no details on what that might be — yet.)


UPDATED: Team Darlton “Basking In” LOST’s Emmy Nominations

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UPDATED: “As storytellers, you rarely get to end a story on your own terms,” executive producer Carlton Cuse tells EW. “Most shows kind of fade away or drop dead. We finished our story on our terms. Let’s face it, there were very high expectations for how Lost should end, and for us, it was enormously gratifying that we were recognized for doing a reasonably good job of ending the show.”

Executive Producer Damon Lindelof was particularly surprised by the wave of emotion he felt when Lost was announced as a contender for Outstanding Drama. “I basically started to weep,” he told EW. “I didn’t realize how much I was still holding on. My wife looked at me and asked what I was feeling, and I said ‘relief.’  You don’t want to say ‘Oh, my God I really want a nomination.’ We should just be proud of the work we did. And we are incredibly proud. But the fact that our peers still care about the show ended up meaning a lot more than I expected.

“There is kind of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind factor,” Lindelof continued. “Even with the addition of six nominees, four or five other ones easily could have been in the mix, and nobody would have said boo about it. We’re the only show in mix that is over. The fact that it got a nod in the final season is definitely gratifying.”

As for providing any kind of post-mortem about the finale, Lindelof and Cuse say they would prefer to stay mum. ”We’re not interested in dissecting our intentions and what the meaning of this or that was. It was purposeful ambiguity so fans can hopefully start to own the show for themselves.” And if they are lucky enough to take the Emmy stage come Aug. 29? Don’t expect any answers to your many burning questions then, either. Quips Cuse, “We will be so ecstatic to be on stage, we will be vapor-locked. I don’t know if, in that 30-second countdown, we’ll be able to provide a satisfying explanation for the finale.”

[Via EW.com]

Lindelof: “It sounds so cliche that it’s great to be nominated but that’s what we’re basking in now. We don’t take this for granted. And the fact that the love was spread to Michael Giacchino, Jack Bender, the sound mixers and art direction is great. It’ll be cool to put on the monkey suits again and get together one last time.”

Cuse: “My strategy is to sleep through these type of things. I checked my phone and saw there were a lot of emails. Bad news avoids you like the plague. … For Matthew (Fox) , he’s labored almost unfairly on a show that’s more ensemble-oriented than the guys he’s competing aginst. Fortunately, the finale was Matthew-centric and he was finally given a chance to be front and center in such a way that allows voters to take notice. He was so critical to our show.”

[Via Variety]

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Jack Bender Finds TV Deal with Bad Robot, Potential Feature at Paramount

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So much for any mystery surrounding Jack Bender’s future after “Lost.”

First, the director/executive producer, who helmed the “Lost” finale, signed on to perform the same duties on Syfy’s new “Alphas” pilot. And now a TV deal with “Lost” production mastermind Bad Robot is in the offing.

The one-year first-look development deal would have Bender developing projects and helming a pilot for Warner Bros. Television next spring. While several ideas are being discussed, none has yet been locked down.

Bad Robot’s production deals are with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. TV, which is producing the forthcoming NBC series “Undercovers” and Bad Robot’s Fox creeper “Fringe,” both co-created by BR’s J.J. Abrams. The benefit of locking Bender into the WBTV deal is that it frees him to work on a potential Paramount feature, as well. Insiders say that is a likely scenario.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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The Official LOST Video Podcast: May 6th, 2010

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Executive Producer Jack Bender takes us to the Temple & shows off the pool.

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LOST Production Is Over

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