Filmmaker J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and Star Wars movie franchises. He has also helped produce many television shows, such as HBO's Westworld, based on a 1973 movie.
Now Abrams says he's ready to focus more on original ideas. Before the Golden Globes show this past Sunday, he told People: "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.”
Abrams began his career as a writer, receiving his first credit for 1990's Taking Care of Business. Very quickly, however, he began serving as a producer as well; he's credited as writer and co-producer for 1991's Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford.
While he shared writing credit on Michael Bay's big-budget blockbuster Armageddon. he and Matt Reeves moved into television by creating Felicity, an original drama revolving around a young woman's experience at college. Soon enough, Abrams created the original spy series Alias, which also won critical acclaim. He shared in creating Lost, which became a phenomenon.
His feature directing debut, Mission: Impossible III (above), became a box office success and the franchise is still going strong. Next he was tapped to help reboot Star Trek, first as producer and then as director. After that, he made an original movie that may point the way forward for him.
Super 8 certainly reflects the influence of filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, who served as a producer. A group of young teenagers in a rural area decide to make a zombie movie, only to find themselves caught up in very mysterious events that are fraught with danger and excitement.
Since then, Abrams has been busy directing Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But we would certainly look forward to more films from Abrams that are based on original ideas, especially if they're similar in spirit to Super 8.