Jeffrey Jacob "JJ" Abrams
(June 27, 1966-) is a producer, writer, director and creator known for his work on Felicity
, Mission: Impossible III
, the 2009 Star Trek
film, its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness
and Star Wars Episode VII
. He has won several Emmys and Golden Globes during his roughly 20 years in the industry.
Along with Joss Whedon
and Christopher Nolan
, he is considered one of the most prolific modern "genre" TV/film creators since Steven Spielberg
, including by Spielberg himself, who produced Abrams' tribute to 70s/80s Spielberg sci-fi, Super 8
He likes red balls and playing with the perception of time. He hates airplanes (both LOST
have had more than one airline-related disaster—and the other stuff on the list of credits also have had aviation-related incidents).
Contrary to popular belief, his involvement in LOST
was marginal: He and eventually Damon Lindelof were asked to help flesh out a concept for the show when ABC chairman Lloyd Braun rejected Jeffrey Lieber's treatment, but by the time the first season started to take off, Abrams had already left to direct Mission: Impossible III
. Lindelof, suddenly left alone with the Showrunner
burden, considered quitting too, but was convinced by former co-writer Carlton Cuse to stay. Cuse then joined the show as a second showrunner. Abrams remained an executive producer, and later briefly returned to write the season 3 premiere together with Lindelof, but as he and others stated in numerous interviews
Lindelof and Cuse ran the show entirely without him.
Has a similar "shepherding" role to most tv series he is involved in, including Fringe
and Person of Interest
, With his most hands-on projects being his movies.
Has the notable distinction of being the only director (so far) tapped to helm both
a Star Trek
and a Star Wars
As of February 6th, 2013
, Abrams has confirmed that he is working with the CEO of the highly acclaimed video game company Valve Software
Gabe Newell to create the movie adaptation of Half-Life
Works he has credit in
J.J. Abrams and his works frequently contain examples of:
- Action Girl: Occurs quite frequently. Alias and Fringe both star iconic women in action roles, Sydney Bristow and Olivia Dunham respectively.
- Author Appeal: Lens Flares. Both Star Trek films and Super 8 made extensive use of it. Incidentally, his (over)use of it is a prime source of parody.
- Fandom Rivalry: The rivalry between Star Trek and Star Wars fans is legendary, but since Abrams has been given the reins to both, tensions have really heated up.
- Kill and Replace: Tends to happen at least once per show with regards to a prominent side character, notable in the second seasons of both Alias and Fringe.
- Lens Flare: A stylistic trope more prevalent in his movies than his TV shows, with Star Trek being the biggest offender thus far.
- Magic Realism: Alias, Felicity, and Lost all have elements of this. Lost is probably the best example.
- Production Posse: His films have Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci as writers and Michael Giacchino as composer. When he can, he will always try to fit Greg Grunberg in either a cameo or supporting role.
- Promoted Fanboy: Star Wars is one of Abrams' favorite films of all time. Now he is directing Episode 7.
- Super 8 was essentially his ode to Steven Spielberg.
- The Reveal/Teasing Creator: His "Mystery Box" concept is built around keeping one element of a project under wraps so that an audience will keep guessing. After Star Trek Into Darkness, a backlash started to emerge against it.