Last updated on November 26, 2019
Back in 1982, the 16-year-old Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was handpicked by Steven Spielberg’s helper to help reestablish the filmmaker’s youth short movies. A bit more than 30 decades after, in 2013, Spielberg’s former assistant had turned into among the most effective women in Hollywood. And once more, she picked up the telephone and called JJ Abrams.
If contemporary winner culture has taken on religious overtones, together with thousands and thousands of fans which makes annual pilgrimages to conventions to worship their idols, then Abrams is their own Pope. In December, He’ll launch the trilogy-capper Star Wars: The Growth of Skywalker.
The era-defining show was a type of last stand for community television, together with Breaking Bad and Mad Men. The landscape has changed significantly since that time, with streaming solutions staging a powerful coup at the five years following Lost finished in 2010, also their volumes-driven model significantly diluting the cultural effect of television. Lost’s mix of science-fiction and dream not just pushed the bounds of long-form storytelling, but also brought genre fiction — believed for decades to become market entertainment — into the mainstream.
Having carefully modeled his livelihood on his mentor Spielberg, Abrams is now a ubiquitous presence in Hollywood, spearheading displays and fiddling about with franchise movies, and creating future programs which have theme parks, merchandise, songs (and possibly world domination).
He did so by setting himself as a businessman; somebody who may be relied on to take care of huge budgets and work closely together with studios to reach a shared vision. When Colin Trevorrow declared he would resign as manager of Star Wars: Episode IX after failing to arrive in a creative consensus with Kennedy and Lucasfilm, Abrams had been their go-to man, their fail-safe — ever-reliable and productive.
His expertise in tv surely contributed to his comprehension of how the movie industry works. Television, such as big-budget franchise filmmaking, is not a director’s medium. We are seeing this with celebrity producers, such as TV Buddy Caster showrunners, taking complete creative control of enormous pictures and interconnected storylines. A popular concept regarding why the DC Extended Universe’neglected’ was that it did not possess a’sshowrunner’ figure on the very top. It is no wonder that within Abrams’ deal with Warners, he’s rumored to be directing the studio’s record of superhero movies.
This was this very experience that was seen by Tom Cruise, that had been motivated, after binging Abrams’ spy show Alias, to employ him to direct the next Mission Impossible movie. With this Star Wars series lying dormant for many decades, Abrams in 2009 exercised his inborn adoration for George Lucas’ world by retooling the heady sci-fi show Star Trek to a slick, action-driven scene. From the movie’s audio commentary, he admitted that because he would likely never get the opportunity to produce a Star Wars film, he chose to deliver this tone and soul to Star Trek rather than
But today he has made two. Each. And world domination does not look like a stretch.