Though J. J. Abrams has a number of projects to his credit, lately he has become best known for rebooting previously established works. From Star Trek to Star Wars and most recently Westworld, Abrams has become a reliable talent to breathe new life into classic material for both film and television. However, Abrams told PEOPLE at the 2017 Golden Globes that he is now looking forward to focusing on original ideas in place of reboots.
Abrams expressed his appreciation for being able to lend a hand in fan favorite franchises, but stated his is now looking to focus on new ideas.
“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.”
Abrams stressed the importance of making sure a reboot also features new material.
“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.”
“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.”
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