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The king of modern franchises, J.J. Abrams, to step down from his throne

07.20.2016

In the past I have read people referring to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as “franchise Viagra” given his impact on multiple series like FAST AND FURIOUS, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH and G.I. JOE. Despite being a valid appropriation, I beg to disagree—which I’m sure is not something many people have said in front of Johnson. I would like to make the argument that, in fact, J.J. Abrams is the real "franchise Viagra", effectively bringing back MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, STAR TREK and STAR WARS back from the cinematic grave.

However, during an interview with Cinema Blend, it appears as though Abrams has revealed he’s finally hit the four-hour mark, and is ready to call his doctor. But it’s probably more elegant in his own words:

Here's the thing: I don't feel particularly snobby about the origins of a story, of the idea. If it's a book, if it's a song, if it's an existing movie, or ideally an original idea, an original script. I do feel just conceptually, do I want to do another sequel? No. I feel like I'm, as a director, I was done doing that when I did the first Star Trek movies. I'd done Mission and Star Trek, and then I did the next Star Trek - really because the idea of not working with these people was sort of too hard to deal with. Then I was really, really done... and then [Lucasfilm President] Kathleen Kennedy called.

That’s right, ladies, gentleman and nerds everywhere: Abrams is done with the world of directing franchise films. It seems after years of doing fans proud, and thereby solidifying himself as one of the great modern filmmakers, Abrams is closing that chapter of his life, ready to take on original works. But keep in mind, I said direct:

I feel as a producer, involved in these projects, either having helped conceive of a new direction or cast the movies, I'm thrilled to help them continue in the best way that I can be of help. As a director, I really want to do something that's not a sequel.

This is a very grand and bold step for Abrams, and I feel it's a long time coming. The man has done tremendous work with franchise films, but as we’ve seen with SUPER 8 he has incredible potential when it comes to the original film racket. Much like Christopher Nolan, Abrams has the ability to bring smart, emotional blockbusters to the screen, much like Steven Spielberg before them. Here’s a toast to Abrams' new career path! Long may he reign! And yes, I support an Abrams monarchy.

J.J. Abrams produced STAR TREK BEYOND, which has its first public showings tomorrow!

Source: Cinema Blend

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1:19PM on 07/21/2016

What's with all the hate?!

MI:3 Was hands down the BEST of the franchise, and completely brought it back from the dead...Brad Birds movie was way too much fluff nonsense, and MI:2 was one of the worst sequels ever made...

I wouldn't say he's an entirely original visionary director, but he's masterful at making movies that near perfectly capture the tone of classic 80'style Spielbergian fare. If that's his niche, then so be it...it's great to get quality movies that intentionally try to capture that kind of magic...
MI:3 Was hands down the BEST of the franchise, and completely brought it back from the dead...Brad Birds movie was way too much fluff nonsense, and MI:2 was one of the worst sequels ever made...

I wouldn't say he's an entirely original visionary director, but he's masterful at making movies that near perfectly capture the tone of classic 80'style Spielbergian fare. If that's his niche, then so be it...it's great to get quality movies that intentionally try to capture that kind of magic...

He's also GREAT at developing and flushing out FUN characters and character interplay.


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7:17AM on 07/21/2016

Great!

Considering how horribly he mangled the ending of LOST, this means we won't have to suffer through his endings to Star Wars or Star Trek.
Considering how horribly he mangled the ending of LOST, this means we won't have to suffer through his endings to Star Wars or Star Trek.
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12:54PM on 07/21/2016
Except he had nothing to with the ending. He was done after season 1. Direct your complaints to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
Except he had nothing to with the ending. He was done after season 1. Direct your complaints to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
10:34PM on 07/20/2016

Original?

I wouldn't say that Super 8 was original. It was essentially E.T. with a darker tone. But I suppose after a century of film, there's nothing original anymore. At least he will stop remaking Star Trek and Star Wars movies and calling them new installments.
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I wouldn't say that Super 8 was original. It was essentially E.T. with a darker tone. But I suppose after a century of film, there's nothing original anymore. At least he will stop remaking Star Trek and Star Wars movies and calling them new installments.
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8:37PM on 07/20/2016
Never been a fan. His films are fine. They pass muster. But that's about it. He has no voice, just a proficient mechanical technician in the field of film making.
Never been a fan. His films are fine. They pass muster. But that's about it. He has no voice, just a proficient mechanical technician in the field of film making.
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8:03PM on 07/20/2016

You Are Not Getting The Viagra Mataphor

The Rock stepped into those franchises as a new character in sequels, JJ abrams was tasked with rebooting franchises from scratch, and Mission Impossible 3 did not reinvigorate the franchise, it kind of sucked and very forgettable, Brad Bird brought back Mission Impossible with the fourth one.
The Rock stepped into those franchises as a new character in sequels, JJ abrams was tasked with rebooting franchises from scratch, and Mission Impossible 3 did not reinvigorate the franchise, it kind of sucked and very forgettable, Brad Bird brought back Mission Impossible with the fourth one.
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7:25PM on 07/20/2016
at first I thought the article was saying he was stepping down from directing entirely. It makes since though, he wants to make his own films and God love him for that!
at first I thought the article was saying he was stepping down from directing entirely. It makes since though, he wants to make his own films and God love him for that!
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6:06PM on 07/20/2016
Fair enough. I like his work, but it's surprising that after a decade of directing films, he's only directed one none franchise film. I look forward to seeing more original films from Abrams.
Fair enough. I like his work, but it's surprising that after a decade of directing films, he's only directed one none franchise film. I look forward to seeing more original films from Abrams.
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5:40PM on 07/20/2016

Sad face

He is my new Spielberg. Favorite director in a LONG time. I have loved everything he has touched in one way or another. I cant wait to see what he has in store, but I'm sad also.
He is my new Spielberg. Favorite director in a LONG time. I have loved everything he has touched in one way or another. I cant wait to see what he has in store, but I'm sad also.
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1:28PM on 07/20/2016

Awesome! His mind should be used to create original films

I'm glad he isn't doing anymore sequel/reboots
I'm glad he isn't doing anymore sequel/reboots
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1:24PM on 07/20/2016
I like Abrams, I've seen all of his films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees, but no way in heck would I call him "one of the great modern filmmakers."
I like Abrams, I've seen all of his films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees, but no way in heck would I call him "one of the great modern filmmakers."
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12:55PM on 07/20/2016
Thank fuck for that, maybe he'll do something actually good next.
Thank fuck for that, maybe he'll do something actually good next.
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12:40PM on 07/20/2016
That's right. Step...away... from... the lens flares.
That's right. Step...away... from... the lens flares.
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12:37PM on 07/20/2016
Comparing Abrams to Nolan and Spielberg? Wtf? Abrams best film was The Force Awakens, but even that was just a diet cola version of the original Star Wars. And his best work isn't as good as Nolan's worst. His MI:3 was mediocre, the worst of the series. His first Star Trek was okay, and the second one sucked. Super 8 was okay, but I was honestly expecting somethin better.
Comparing Abrams to Nolan and Spielberg? Wtf? Abrams best film was The Force Awakens, but even that was just a diet cola version of the original Star Wars. And his best work isn't as good as Nolan's worst. His MI:3 was mediocre, the worst of the series. His first Star Trek was okay, and the second one sucked. Super 8 was okay, but I was honestly expecting somethin better.
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12:48PM on 07/20/2016
Huh? What are you smoking? MI:3 was the best one, with the best villain in the Franchise.
Huh? What are you smoking? MI:3 was the best one, with the best villain in the Franchise.
1:26PM on 07/20/2016
Comparing Abrams to Nolan or Speilberg is crazy indeed, but I've got to agree with justjoe that MI3 is the best in the series,and certainly has the best villain.
Comparing Abrams to Nolan or Speilberg is crazy indeed, but I've got to agree with justjoe that MI3 is the best in the series,and certainly has the best villain.
1:28PM on 07/20/2016
TFA is a legit 6/10 and I'm being generous. Such an average, run-of-the-mill, studio film that took no chances, offered nothing original, and was just a rehash of better films that came before it. His best franchise film was Star Trek (also his best movie in general), he should have stopped there.
TFA is a legit 6/10 and I'm being generous. Such an average, run-of-the-mill, studio film that took no chances, offered nothing original, and was just a rehash of better films that came before it. His best franchise film was Star Trek (also his best movie in general), he should have stopped there.
1:28PM on 07/20/2016
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3:16PM on 07/20/2016
@justjoe, I have to disagree with you because when MI:GP came out everyone went gaga over that one they forgot MI:3 ever existed.
@justjoe, I have to disagree with you because when MI:GP came out everyone went gaga over that one they forgot MI:3 ever existed.
12:26PM on 07/20/2016
OMG praise baby jesus we're all safe again from billion dollar mediocrity
OMG praise baby jesus we're all safe again from billion dollar mediocrity
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10:37AM on 07/20/2016
I have loved his franchise films, but understand his desire to create his own new stories.

That said, I was kinda hoping he'd direct an MCU film down the line.
I have loved his franchise films, but understand his desire to create his own new stories.

That said, I was kinda hoping he'd direct an MCU film down the line.
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10:08AM on 07/20/2016

Abrams cannot compare to Nolan or Spielberg

Nolan only worked on Batman and still managed to make original films in-between. Spielberg has directed very few sequels in his long career. As for Abrams, he directed 5 feature films and 4 of those were franchise films. It's not a good ratio and it's more than time for him to move on.
Nolan only worked on Batman and still managed to make original films in-between. Spielberg has directed very few sequels in his long career. As for Abrams, he directed 5 feature films and 4 of those were franchise films. It's not a good ratio and it's more than time for him to move on.
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