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Thread: J.J. Abrams Says He's Done With the Remake/Reboot Business

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    J.J. Abrams Says He's Done With the Remake/Reboot Business

    J.J. Abrams Says He's Done With the Remake/Reboot Business

    Look at J.J. AbramsĎ filmography and youíll find a guy with a talent for remaking, rebooting, and remixing. While heís also spearheaded his fair share of wholly original work, heís become a reliable source for any old franchise in need of an adrenaline injection to heart. Mission: Impossible III. Star Trek. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Itís kind of his thing.

    But Abrams himself seems ready to move on to other things, saying that heís ready to spread his wings and fly away from the land of reboots and remakes.

    Abrams was at the Golden Globes last night, where he was representing HBOís Westworld (itself a reboot of the 1973 film of the same name), on which he is an executive producer. Speaking with People, he revealed his desire for a change of pace, noting that itís time for him to start making the stuff that other people will feel the burning desire to reboot down the line:

    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 weíre here for tonight, is one of them. But I donít feel any desire to do that again. I feel like Iíve done enough of that that Iím more excited about working on things that are original ideas that perhaps one day someone else will have to reboot.

    He also added that storytellers, even those working in familiar arenas, should always push things forward:

    You know, I do think that if youíre telling a story that is not moving anything forward, not introducing anything thatís relevant, thatís not creating a new mythology or an extension of it, then a complete remake of something feels like a mistake.

    I generally like Abramsí work and have always appreciated his keen eye for understanding why a beloved film or series works and how he can build upon that. Itís one thing to just embrace nostalgia, but itís another thing to use that nostalgia as creative fuel. Even Abramsí original work, like Lost and Super 8, feel like deliberate remixes of movies heís already passionate about. This is what he does.

    But who am I to take issue with any filmmaker, especially one as skilled as Abrams, talking about branching out of the franchise business and building something new? You do you, Mr. Abrams. As long as itís not Star Trek Into Darkness, weíre cool.

    Source: Slash Film

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    Agree with the Star Trek Into Darkness snub. Was miffed with Mr. Abrams for that "phone-in" job. Was then leary of his next movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but even though it was a collection of Star Wars tropes, I thought he pulled it off well.

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    Didn't he make a fortune off reboots? I'm not a fan of Star Trek. I wouldn't skew myself though.. Fringe is in my top 5 shows of all time. Masterpiece.


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