One of the most popular directors for the past few years for his work with many favorite film franchises, J.J. Abrams has decided to move on from reboots. According to a brief interview with People‘s Deputy Editor JD Heyman at the Golden Globes this year, the director stated that “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.”
Despite this apparent divorce from reboots, Abrams makes it clear that he knows exactly what makes a reboot work, “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.
But film is a fairly young medium and there are stories that have lasted for centuries. 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.”
As a fan of Abram’s remakes, this is a bit of a shame to know, as it does feel like the man is on a roll and succeeding very well in his rebooted movies. I am especially saddened that this means no more Star Trek movies.
However, from an artistic point of view this decision makes perfect sense and it’s surprising Abrams didn’t make it sooner. It’s important to be known for your own work as much as your interpretations of other’s works. Are you thrilled with Abrams’ decision and looking forward to more work from this director? Let us know in the comments below!