J.J. Abrams is tired of the film career he’s so carefully cultivated by choosing projects where he reboots or re-energizes established franchises. Why can’t we just let Abrams be more creative?! That’s the passive aggressive, or “Angry Abrams”, version of a comment he made the other night at the Golden Globes where the man that made Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens told a reporter that he was sick of taking millions of dollars from major studios to successfully reboot beloved properties and make them even more successful than ever.
“You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid,” Abrams told People going into the Globes where the Abrams-produced Westworld, another remake, had multiple nominations. “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… 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 feels like a mistake.”
Snarkiness aside, Abrams is pretty justified in his desire to be more original, and you can hardly blame him for the filmography he’s developed so far because if someone offered you the chance to direct both Star Trek and Star Wars, wouldn’t you take it? Of course, you would. But with billions in the bank as a result of playing with other people’s toys, Abrams has more than earned the right to spread his creative wings as it were. He’s only been able to do so once before on Super 8, but that was an obvious parrot of Steven Spielberg-produced films on the 80s one can barely call it an original work. The shame of it is too that Abrams has shown himself quite the auteur on TV if you look at his early work on Felicity, Alias, and the first episode of Lost. Perhaps he now might be free to be himself.
We have yet to hear what Abrams next project directorial will be, but as soon as we hear, we’ll let you know.
Source: Screen Crush