J.J. Abrams is keen on moving onto original projects nowadays, even though he's been involved with several high-profile reboots in the past. Abrams first made his name as a screenwriter on movies like Armageddon before moving on to television shows, such as Felicity and Alias. Impressed by his work on the latter series, Tom Cruise hired Abrams to direct Mission: Impossible III, thus giving Abrams the opportunity to make his big-screen directorial debut.
Abrams’ career has gone from strength to strength ever since, with his name appearing on some of the biggest movies and televisions shows in recent years as a writer, director, and producer. On the big screen, he rose to global fame for rebooting Star Trek in 2009, which managed to be an entertaining blockbuster and a respectful nod to the past; Star Trek Into Darkness was greeted with a mixed reception, however. Abrams was also given the hefty task of resurrecting Star Wars with 2015's The Force Awakens. And while the film had its issues, it was a solid blockbuster that clearly made by someone with a deep love of the material.
Abrams is as much a fan as he is a filmmaker, and some of his greatest successes have seen him revisiting projects he loved growing up. That said, in a new interview with Digital Spy, it seems he’s become a little burned out with working on reboots and would like to explore fresh ideas in the future.
I've written some things in the last year or so. One of them is a show we've just set up with HBO and there's something else. These were original storylines and things that I'm really excited about getting to, because I felt like I was looking to not reboot anything.
While Abrams feels there’s a place for reboots and remakes, stating “It allows for new filmmakers, original storylines, where [the films] connect but not in a way that they make it a remake or a literal sequel. It keeps it unexpected and keeps it fun,” he also admits “If I could do anything, it probably wouldn't be to want to reboot something."
To some, Abrams words may ring a little hollow, since he’s currently prepping Star Wars Episode IX as his next movie. He also acts as a producer on Westworld – a TV reboot of the cult 1973 movie – Mission: Impossible: Fallout, and The Cloverfield Paradox, which just made its surprise Netflix debut. Even in Super 8 - which is currently Abrams only directorial effort not based on a pre-existing franchise - some critics felt Abrams was basically making a Steven Spielberg fan film.
That said, Abrams has always worn his heart on his sleeve as an artist, and it’s encouraging to hear he wants to move on and create new projects instead of mining the past. His sci-fi show Demimonde just got a series order from HBO, and once Star Wars: Episode IX is wrapped up, that will leave him free to pursue original movie projects as well.
Source: Digital Spy
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019