From Star Trek to Star Wars, J.J. Abrams has been involved with more than a few reboots and revivals over the years. But the guy who cut his teeth making Alias and Lost is finally ready to get back to doing his own thing.
In an interview with People, Abrams was talking about his career and where he wants to see it go next. Fresh off his producing stint on Westworld and the massive undertaking that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams said he's looking forward to getting back to doing some original projects in the next few years. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
"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 … 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."
Put simply: This is awesome news. Before he was a geek god helming every major franchise you know and love, Abrams was helping create some of the most beloved and ambitious sci-fi TV of the past decade. Along with the massive hits like Lost, Abrams also developed Fringe, Almost Human, Person of Interest and the short-lived Alcatraz (notice we didn't mention the equally short-lived, and atrocious, Undercovers).
Getting Abrams back developing his own ideas, and with the clout he now has to get them made, will almost certainly be a good thing for genre fans.