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J.J. AbramsPalooza: He’s Producing a Third Star Trek, Doing Two TV Pilots and, Oh Yeah, Star Wars: Episode VII Is Confirmed


Sorry if you don’t like J.J. Abrams. You must be having a rough time of it right now.

First things first, the rumor that he’s directing Star Wars: Episode VII is no longer a rumor: Disney has confirmed it.

In a press release sent out by the Mouse House, LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy sung her praises of Abrams, saying:

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas got in on the action as well, saying

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

Well as long as the legacy’s not in your hands anymore, George.

Abrams got his fanboy on as well, saying that being chosen to direct “is an absoute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

But what about Star Trek, you may be thinking? (I refuse to refer to it as “J.J. Abrams’ other sci-fi franchise.” I won’t do it.) Paramount Pictures’ Vice Chairman Rob Moore told the LA Times that, even though Abrams is defecting to a Galaxy Far, Far Away (OK, he didn’t say that, but I like to imagine there’s some grumbling over at Paramount HQ at the moment), he would still be “committed a produce another Star Trek” and develop new projects, including another Mission: Impossible film.

In the very same interview where he said he wouldn’t be directing Star Wars Abrams noted that he was under contract for three Star Trek films… I assumed that he was under contract to direct, not produce, but he didn’t say that, so maybe he’ll only be producing the follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness. Or maybe he’ll somehow (cloning himself?) find the time to direct it after doing Star Wars. My brain just melted.

And finally, getting outside the realm of the Stars, Deadline is reporting that two TV shows Abrams has been developing with his production company Bad Robot have gotten a pilot order.

The first, developed by Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, is an untitled sci-fi drama “described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” Robot cops, people. Robot cops.

Fox has that show, while Abrams’ second TV endeavor has been greenlit by NBC. That show, titled Believe, is about “is about the unlikely relationship between a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.” Sounds awesome. And if you don’t like Abrams, take heart: He’s only executive producing it. It’s being directed and co-written by someone who, in my view anyway, is a much better filmmaker: Alfonso Cuarón, whose directing credits include Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a.k.a. the only Harry Potter film that was actually good. (Yeah, I said it. Come at me.)

Does it make me a bad Star Wars fan that of all these Abrams-related projects I’m looking forward to that last one the most? Alfonso Cuarón! A girl with superpowers! Alfonso Cuarón! High-concept sci-fi! Alfonso freaking Cuarón!

Granted, Abrams’ responsibilities on the two TV shows won’t be so hands-on. I’m guessing that, seeing as his plate is kinda full right now, he won’t be involved in much of the day-to-day stuff on either show. But still. Abrams. Guillermo del Toro called. He told you to try and take it easy.

(via: SuperHeroHype, Deadline)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658295430 Calum Syers

    I can say without hyperbole and exaggeration that Alfonso Cuaron was one of the directors who got me into film. I was (and still am) obsessed with Harry Potter, but even I could tell that the first two instalments were poorly directed and dryly paced. When the third film came out, I was like, “Damn, this guy knows how push a camera around.”

    It’s been a while since Children of Men, and I’m glad to see this and his film, Gravity will becoming soon.

  • DarthLocke4

    And then there’s the TV movie rejoining Mr. Abrams with Ron Howard, The small budget sci-fi film ‘God Partical’, another possible sci-fi film “Collider”, A film based on the novel “Wunderkind” about German and Russian assassins, The Lance Armstrong Bio Pic, and two more Pilots pitched (Adulting -Fox, Elecropolis-Cw) that have yet to have Pilot pic-ups, and Mission Impossible 5, and I think Paramount is itching for a third Star Trek.

  • DarthLocke4

    Agreed! He also directed the 3rd Harry Potter film, which was my favorite. It was more atmospheric, character driven, and a nice turning point from child to teenage/young adult (it was darker and more complex) that I thought he captured very well.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I’m excited for the last one the most as well. “Alfonso Cuarón! A girl with superpowers! Alfonso Cuarón! High-concept sci-fi! Alfonso freaking Cuarón!” = my thoughts exactly.

  • jedi_penguin

    “an untitled sci-fi drama “described
    as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all
    LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” Wasn’t that show already made as “Total Recall 2070″? It was a terrific show that pretty much nobody watched.

  • DarthLocke4

    Because Fringe payed a bit of homage to Philip Dick with episode title, “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” and the concept that Observers and Shapeshifters could be perceived as android-esque, I think it’s more in spirit of Blade Runner.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    So….. one of his TV shows is a remake of Mann & Machine? (Google it kids, I’m old).

    Also, is it just me or is JJ starting to look an awful lot like Rene “Odo” Aberjenois as he gets older?

  • KittiesOfEvil

    I was totally going to play the Mann and Machine referece. I don’t want Star Trek or Star Wars to be halfassed. Trek was just starting to come back to being a good franchise.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    Wow. The dude must be going through a midlife crisis or something. “Must make all of the movies!!!”

  • David Ramsey

    Abrams cant get Star Trek movies out fast enough for me. We will all be dead before Episode VII comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/thegaf The Gaf

    Any dislike I have for JJ is just pure jealousy. He’s amazing.

  • Anonymous

    There’s no way to stop this is there? Perhaps it’s time to put my supervillian scheme into action. I will create a robo-Abrams that will have the heart of Brad Bird, the skill of Spielberg, and the world-building talents of Lucas, and it will make actually decent movies.