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J.J. Abrams wants to stop rebooting your childhood

01.10.2017

Whatever you think of J.J. Abrams as a writer/director, the man has nonetheless helped shape our current pop-culture landscape. From his dual reboots of STAR TREK and STAR WARS, as well as bringing new life to the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise, Abrams' wide-spread influence will continue to ripple on for years to come. 

However, Abrams seems wary of continuing on rebooting everything, as he recently told People at the 2017 Golden Globes, which he attended for his role as executive producer on HBO's WESTWORLD (itself, he notes, a reboot as well):

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..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...But film is a fairly young medium and there are stories that have lasted for centuries...And it’s not uncommon, I think, for stories to be retold — whether it’s at campfire or on film, but I think you always have to be additive. You can’t just be remaking something just for the sake of remaking it.

That's a lot to unpack, but I agree with everything he's saying. We need new ideas so that future generations can have the same awe and wonder that those who saw the ship battles in STAR WARS or the dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK  on screen for the first time did. And, even better, his admonishment of the practice of reboots is nuanced. He isn't decrying the act of remakes and reboots themselves. As he says himself, stories are re-told throughout history - just that you have to add something to the mythos you're re-telling, otherwise what's the point? What are you adding to art and society? Remakes aren't the problem (as THE THING, THE FLY, and MALTISE FALCON can attest to), it's bad remakes that are. 

And, look, like a lot of fans (though, as I'll most definitely hear in the comments, not all), I've been very vocal about my distaste for EPISODE VII as just A NEW HOPE in new clothing, the nonsense Kahn reveal in INTO DARKNESS, and the overt-Spielberg homage SUPER 8 which was only original in the loosest of terms. But I can sense Abrams growing as a creative force with these statements, and whatever my criticisms of Abrams in the past, I've always felt the man had talent, and hopefully we can now finally see him using that talent to its full potential going forward. I for one am greatly looking forward to it.   

Extra Tidbit: J.J. Abram's first feature screenplay was REGARDING HENRY, which ended up starring Harrison Ford.
Source: People

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9:55AM on 01/11/2017
Abrams did a great job rebooting Star Trek. Trek 2009 was a great movie. He faltered a little with 'Into Darkness', but I still found that movie semi-enjoyable. His Star Wars reboot was terrible though. Force Awakens was not a good film. It was barely better than the prequels. Everyone loved it because it was made by Disney in a time where we all pretend Disney can do no wrong. The fact that people pretended that 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Avengers Age of Ultron' are good movies proves what
Abrams did a great job rebooting Star Trek. Trek 2009 was a great movie. He faltered a little with 'Into Darkness', but I still found that movie semi-enjoyable. His Star Wars reboot was terrible though. Force Awakens was not a good film. It was barely better than the prequels. Everyone loved it because it was made by Disney in a time where we all pretend Disney can do no wrong. The fact that people pretended that 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Avengers Age of Ultron' are good movies proves what mindless Disney drones a lot of people have become. Anyway, I'm expecting Rian Johnson's Episode 8 to actually be good, instead of "Disney good" when it arrives in December.
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8:34AM on 01/11/2017
I've enjoyed most of Abrams' stuff (Super 8 I could take it or leave it, but it wasn't awful), and I'm fine with Episode VII re-establishing the core themes of Star Wars for the current generation of young filmgoers, for the next two Eps to build upon. As long as VIII and IX are adding something genuinely new to the mythology, I feel Force Awakens did what it needed to.
I've enjoyed most of Abrams' stuff (Super 8 I could take it or leave it, but it wasn't awful), and I'm fine with Episode VII re-establishing the core themes of Star Wars for the current generation of young filmgoers, for the next two Eps to build upon. As long as VIII and IX are adding something genuinely new to the mythology, I feel Force Awakens did what it needed to.
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1:06AM on 01/11/2017

Good For him

As much as people hate on him ,Loved Force Awakens , mission impossible , super 8,star trek.
As much as people hate on him ,Loved Force Awakens , mission impossible , super 8,star trek.
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12:05AM on 01/11/2017
I think we should cut Abrams some slack. He did a great job with the star trek reboot (first one), and force awakens was going to end up the way it was no matter who they signed onto direct. They spent 4 BILLION dollars for the star wars rights, so their was no way they weren't gonna make sure the movie hit all the notes they needed it to. It was their foundation movie, Disney wanted to hire a man who could get the job done on time, and handle a large scale production, and that man was
I think we should cut Abrams some slack. He did a great job with the star trek reboot (first one), and force awakens was going to end up the way it was no matter who they signed onto direct. They spent 4 BILLION dollars for the star wars rights, so their was no way they weren't gonna make sure the movie hit all the notes they needed it to. It was their foundation movie, Disney wanted to hire a man who could get the job done on time, and handle a large scale production, and that man was abrams, who wouldn't take that job?
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8:17PM on 01/10/2017

WestWorld doesn't count as a reboot..

Its old enough to qualify as a remake and that's okay in my book. WestWorld is freakin awesome.
Its old enough to qualify as a remake and that's okay in my book. WestWorld is freakin awesome.
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7:20PM on 01/10/2017
I think JJ is a much better producer than director.
I think JJ is a much better producer than director.
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6:07PM on 01/10/2017
Ahhh, the internet hate train for TFA is in full swing. It took a little while to get momentum, but it's running fast and strong now. In another 6 months to a year the fabricated and hip hatred for it could reach Prequel levels.
And please, stop bitching about the lack of originality in Hollywood. Original films are out there, and rather plentiful. Stop bitching and actually, go see them.
Ahhh, the internet hate train for TFA is in full swing. It took a little while to get momentum, but it's running fast and strong now. In another 6 months to a year the fabricated and hip hatred for it could reach Prequel levels.
And please, stop bitching about the lack of originality in Hollywood. Original films are out there, and rather plentiful. Stop bitching and actually, go see them.
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7:03PM on 01/10/2017
To be fair, I hated it from the beginning, as in it looked dumb to me from the trailers on. And I wanted to love it. Contrary to popular opinion, people can dislike popular things for legit reasons and not to look "cool". Honestly, I'd never understand someone who wanted to constantly argue with people just to seem smart.
To be fair, I hated it from the beginning, as in it looked dumb to me from the trailers on. And I wanted to love it. Contrary to popular opinion, people can dislike popular things for legit reasons and not to look "cool". Honestly, I'd never understand someone who wanted to constantly argue with people just to seem smart.
12:03AM on 01/11/2017
True, you can hate something for legit reasons. But in this day age, its hard to find people who truly dislike something for legit reasons vs those who are following the crowd. There are many times I ask, why dont you like it? And most cant give me a real reason other than.. i just didnt like it. Right.
True, you can hate something for legit reasons. But in this day age, its hard to find people who truly dislike something for legit reasons vs those who are following the crowd. There are many times I ask, why dont you like it? And most cant give me a real reason other than.. i just didnt like it. Right.
7:13AM on 01/11/2017
the internet is not a living thing, you know. That others don't share your opinion is not the end of the world.
the internet is not a living thing, you know. That others don't share your opinion is not the end of the world.
5:40PM on 01/10/2017
originality is becoming rare not only in movies but music as well...although i didnt like the force awakens i do wonder if abrams was told what to direct by that idiot kathleen kennedy...either way jj doesnt have an original creative mind ...his khan resurrection was a poor attempt and a stain on the franchise....how can you try to beat Ricardo Montalban and the epic death of spock....you just know theyre gonna kill Mark Hamill as well and underuse his abilities...disney idiots.
originality is becoming rare not only in movies but music as well...although i didnt like the force awakens i do wonder if abrams was told what to direct by that idiot kathleen kennedy...either way jj doesnt have an original creative mind ...his khan resurrection was a poor attempt and a stain on the franchise....how can you try to beat Ricardo Montalban and the epic death of spock....you just know theyre gonna kill Mark Hamill as well and underuse his abilities...disney idiots.
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8:35AM on 01/11/2017
If you're a fan of film at all, you should probably rethink calling Kathleen Kennedy an idiot.
If you're a fan of film at all, you should probably rethink calling Kathleen Kennedy an idiot.
5:12PM on 01/10/2017
"Whatever you think of J.J. Abrams as a writer/director, the man has nonetheless helped shape our current pop-culture landscape."

Actually, he didn't. He had the incredible fortune of being given the two most celebrated sci-fi franchises of all time to play with and added absolutely nothing to them. His contribution to both franchise will be forgotten really quickly and it's mind-boggling, really.
"Whatever you think of J.J. Abrams as a writer/director, the man has nonetheless helped shape our current pop-culture landscape."

Actually, he didn't. He had the incredible fortune of being given the two most celebrated sci-fi franchises of all time to play with and added absolutely nothing to them. His contribution to both franchise will be forgotten really quickly and it's mind-boggling, really.
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5:26PM on 01/10/2017
False. He definitely did *something* to them. I don't like what he did much either, but that doesn't change the fact he did.
False. He definitely did *something* to them. I don't like what he did much either, but that doesn't change the fact he did.
8:17PM on 01/10/2017
Truth.
Truth.
8:30PM on 01/10/2017
Fair enough if you want to go that route... but he still was a creator of Lost. Which had and a massive effect on pop-culture.
Fair enough if you want to go that route... but he still was a creator of Lost. Which had and a massive effect on pop-culture.
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