To some, JJ Abrams has a unique skills set to recreate and reimagine a classic narrative. All while rebooting it for a modern audience. Whether it be in the capacity as a producer, screenplay writer or director, the 50-year old's credits span far and wide to include some of the biggest franchise on the planet from Star Trek to Star Wars, Mission Impossible and the HBO hit television series Westworld.
Yet others see him as a product of the studio Hollywood complex, churning out content that is sure to make big dollars at the box office without every really providing anything new or fresh to the table. According to the man himself, he not only understands this critique, he wants to push away from it. Abrams now hopes to make films or shows that are purely his own.
Producer Hopes The Next JJ Will Reboot His Work
Speaking with People, Abrams explained where he was at with his career and what he wanted to explore on the horizon.
“You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid,” remarked the filmmaker. “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.”
Without a hint or irony, Abrams went on to criticize remakes for lacking in originality. A stick that has been used to beat the producer up for a number of years.
“You know, I do think that if you’re telling a story that is not moving anything forward, not introducing anything that’s relevant,” he argued, “that’s not creating a new mythology or an extension of it, then a complete remake of something feels like a mistake.”
JJ Joins Forces With Dunham To Make Animated Feature
Bringing aboard the likes of Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, Mindy Kaling, America Ferrera, Constance Wu, Hari Nef and Passengers star Jennifer Lawrence, JJ Abrams' next project is an animated documentary film that promotes Planned Parenthood. Titled 100 Years, the movie is said to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization as they seek to promote health, well-being and protect women's reproductive rights.
Talking about the flick, Dunham said that there will be a movement pushed towards the incoming Trump administration in the hope they will listen.
"The spirit behind this video will hopefully take us into the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, where we will be showing our new president that we're not going to allow a hundred years of progress to disappear overnight."
This is not to be confused with the other 100 Years title from John Malkovich. A feature that won't be released until the year 2115, so don't hold your breath for any teasers or spoilers.