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J.J. Abrams: 'Working On Pre-Existing Franchises Is A Double-Edged Sword'

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 20, 2021.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    In a new interview with Collider, J.J. Abrams opens up about the complexities of directing movies based on pre-existing franchises and whether he'll do it again.







    In the interview, Abrams primarily discusses whether or not he'll direct any of the numerous projects he is producing for WarnerMedia, which includes the upcoming Superman movie written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. His comments on the possibility and provides some intriguing insight into his experience with writing and directing two Star Wars movies.



    Abrams doesn't specifically reference Star Wars in the quote, and he certainly has plenty of experience working in other artists' sandboxes with the Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises, but his comments suggest some regret with his work. Any artist will look at their prior work with some disappointment as they're always growing, but it's clear Abrams isn't completely satisfied with his franchise work. That becomes apparent when he makes it clear he wants to direct his own ideas.



    His comments are particularly interesting here as one of the criticisms of both The Force Awakens and The Rise Of Skywalker is that they're repetitive. He defended his choice in The Force Awakens by saying ‘Let’s go back to a Star Wars that we know, so we can tell another story.' Members of his production team then criticized Rian Johnson for doing just that and 'undoing the storytelling' of the first movie.



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    Abrams' commitment to directing his own films is an intriguing possibility. His only original film to date is Super 8, from 2011, which also was very much a tribute to the movies of Steven Spielberg. His experiences with other franchises seem to have given him a new perspective on the type of movies he wants to make.



    His next directorial effort remains a mystery for the moment, but in addition to Superman, he is also producing Justice League Dark for Warner Bros, the Stephen King adaptation of Lisey's Story for Apple TV+, and is writing and producing Demimonde, a series for HBO Max.



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    Still can't believe that they didn't show us Luke's Jedi Academy. You would think that would at least been a given.
     
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    I am glad captain obvious is here to tell us these things
     
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    The story of the ST and most of its creative decisions, summed up into one sentence...
     
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  5. Martoto

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    Why?
     
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    Also they did show us his academy…in ashes. :p
     
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    I saw the Academy many, many times. And saw many, many fine cadets there... Wait. Wrong academy.

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    I was told that the reason that TFA is a re-hash of ANH is that Disney wanted to quickly recoup their money so they went with a fan favourite, along with the fact that when GL tried something new with the PT there was a bunch of fan outcry- So Disney played it safe. I also read somewhere that there were directors who turned down involvement with the ST because they can't be bothered with the toxic fans in TFM. Not that I blame them. I might have to go back and watch the OT, but I saw nothing of the story beats in the OT shown in the ST. None of the characters in the OT seemed to have to wrestle with their faults or internalized shame. In fact it seemed to be the exact opposite in the OT.
     
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    Because its implied that Luke was going to create a new Jedi academy in ROTJ. If you're going to have a movie take place 30 years after ROTJ why wouldn't they show his academy? Wouldn't it be cool to see Luke's new Jedi academy that is doing things different than the Prequels?
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    JJ being Involved in a franchise is a double-edged sword because it will either be trash or garbage.
     
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    he made lost I guess
     
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    He "lost" the plot when he directed TROS, literally. Hehehe
     
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    I still think JJ was a fine enough choice for TFA. He's all about table setting, and what he did in Episode VII was mostly good.

    For TROS, though... I mean, he couldn't even pay off on his own setup, much less Rian's evolution of it.

    It is what it is. I'm over it, and look forward to the day that Star Wars has its resurgence again and I can feel the excitement of 2015-2018.
     
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