When starting in TV, J.J. Abrams laid out a career in which he took familiar genres like teen dramas and spy thrillers and turned them on their head.
Upon shifting to the big screen, he’s so far given us five films – two sequels (“Mission: Impossible 3,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens “) which serve as something of a mini-reboot of their franchises, a full on reboot (“Star Trek”) that sort of keeps the old stuff in canon, a sequel to that reboot (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), and an original film (“Super 8”) that pays homage to not just a specific genre but filmmaker as well.
Needless to say Abrams’ directing career so far has been heavily defined by new takes on existing properties be it reboots, remakes or sequels that serve as a bit of both. Now though it appears he’s trying to move away from being ‘the franchise reinvigorater’ and onto other things.
Speaking at the Golden Globes last night which he attended with the rest of the “Westworld” gang, he told People he wants to start making the kinds of projects that others will feel the desire to reboot in the future:
“You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid. In fact, even Westworld, which we’re here for tonight, 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.
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 feels like a mistake.”
Abrams has yet to line up his next directorial effort and is serving as producer on a number of projects on the way including a sixth “Mission: Impossible”.