Here’s A First: J.J. Abrams Wants To Try Something Original

By January 11, 2017

If a studio wants to put a reboot of some kind into motion, the man to call (if you have enough money) is director and producer J.J. Abrams.

Just look at his resume with franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, even Westworld on HBO.

Yet, Abrams is ready to put all of that behind him, and focus on something he’s always tried to find time for: original work. In fact, he told People magazine he wants to head back into the world of Cloverfield and Super 8 sooner rather than later.

“You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid. In fact, even Westworld … is one of them. But I don’t feel any desire to do that again. I feel like I’ve done enough of that, that I’m more excited about working on things that are original ideas that perhaps one day someone else will have to reboot.”

Abrams talked to the magazine while attending the Golden Globes over the weekend, where Westworld was nominated for three awards. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan and wife Lisa Joy based on the 1973 film by Michael Crichton, but Abrams is an executive producer – a credit similar to what he’ll maintain in the many rebooted franchises he’s continued, including Star Trek and Star Wars.

Right now, Abrams has a number of projects in development – many with unfamiliar names. He’s also producing a new show for HBO called Glare from Spanish screenwriter Javier Gullon.

“You know, I do think that if you’re telling a story that is not moving anything forward, not introducing anything that’s relevant, that’s not creating a new mythology or an extension of it, then a complete remake of something is a mistake.”

When he’ll write or direct again, we don’t know. None of his upcoming projects have him listed in any other capacity than as a producer. But when he does take on those roles again, it looks like it will be something new and fresh. And who knows, maybe we’ll read about a reboot of those projects 20 years down the road.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.