J.J. Abrams Says He's Officially Done With Reboots

Monday, 09 January 2017 - 4:43PM
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Monday, 09 January 2017 - 4:43PM
J.J. Abrams Says He's Officially Done With Reboots
For years, scientists have attempted to catalogue and understand the forces that hold the universe together: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force. But stronger than all of these forces may be Hollywood's drive to reboot, remake, and re-release every movie, TV show, and Disney theme park ride with a shred of name recognition, until every last drop has been squeezed out and turned into merchandise. Now J.J. Abrams, the wizard behind the newly revitalized Star Wars, Star Trek, Westworld, and Mission: Impossible franchises, has declared that he's finished with rebooting stuff, apparently for good.

In an interview with People magazine at the Golden Globes, Abrams said he appreciated getting to work on all the legendary series that have landed on his desk, but he's sick of remaking them:

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"You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid," he said. "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. I'm more excited about working on things that are original ideas that perhaps one day someone else will have to reboot."
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So it sounds like Abrams wants to step out of the shadow of these mega-franchises and start doing something all his own. More than anything, though, it sounds like he's fed up with making derivative works to feed the giant Hollywood machine:

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"But film is a fairly young medium and there are stories that have lasted for centuries," he added. "And it's not uncommon, I think, for stories to be retold - whether it's at campfire or on film, but I think you always have to be additive. You can't just be remaking something just for the sake of remaking it."
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It's a similar sentiment to the one Shane Black expressed when Fox approached him to make the new Predator movie: drop the old assembly-line mindset, make it R-rated, and make it something special, otherwise there's no deal. It's sad to hear that Abrams will be abandoning the world of reboots, but it is exciting to hear that he's going to be looking for new, original projects to head up.

In the meantime, we're still taking bets on whether the potential reboot of Dune will crash and burn like David Lynch's 1984 version. We've got 2-1 odds.
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