If you glance over J.J. Abrams filmography you might notice that he’s had exceptionally successful work rebooting and rejuvenating franchises in need of new life. Star Trek and Star Wars being the most obvious and most notable, but even Westworld, which Abrams produces through his company Bad Robot, is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name.
However the director plans to move in a different direction going forward. Attending the Golden Globes last night Abrams took a moment to speak with People, revealing that the director has an excitement to pursue his original ideas as opposed to tackling already existing properties:
“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.”
Abrams also added that he feels if you’re going to do a remake or reboot, that it’s important to add to that mythology and move the story forward:
“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.”
Abrams certainly has a knack for finding what makes a franchise great, and not only exploiting that but also expanding and building upon it. It’s easy for a filmmaker to rely on just nostalgia when coming into a franchise, but to use that nostalgia to create something new yet familiar to fans is something Abrams has proven he can handle. Fans of Abrams original work will surely be excited at the prospect of more original properties coming from the talented director, and with his recent track record we’re certainly anxious to see what his next project will be.