No More Reboots For J.J. Abrams

A variety of scoops always roll out of the annual Golden Globes coverage. Such nuggets of information often revolve around what an actor’s next project is, what popular new foreign film is getting renewed, and the usual “who is dating who” gossip. Last night, amidst all the usual banter and gabbing, producer/director J.J. Abrams dropped a minor bombshell: he’s done with reboots and remakes. At least for now, anyway…

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. 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.”

I say “minor bombshell” because when you look back on the films he has directed to date, it’s not all that surprising that he might want to focus more on original material going forward. Of the five films he has directed to date, only one of them isn’t a sequel, reboot, or remake of some kind. Of course said film, Super 8, is probably his least popular and least succssful, but that’s neither here nor there. Abrams has certainly earned the right to branch out into newer areas as a filmmaker and I’m honestly happy that he is choosing to do so. The director has yet to set up his next project, although he has numerous films coming down the pike as a producer.

Will he stick to that mantra forever? Probably not, as we all change our minds over time. And that’s fine. I’m sure some will look back on this moment and cry foul when he decides to remake Phantasm or something else a decade from now, but I won’t be one of them. Go where ever the lens flare-filled road takes you, Mr. Abrams!