J.J. Abrams was the primary mind behind the opening and closing chapters of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, but before that, he had already made a name for himself as the creator of hit televisions shows like LOST and Alias before becoming a big name director of films such as Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, and Star Trek. With The Rise of Skywalker, Abrams finished the Skywalker story George Lucas began in 1977 with A New Hope. Star Wars has continued to evolve as a property with The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, and a slew of upcoming series for Disney+.
So what’s next for J.J. Abrams?
In a recent interview with Collider.com, Abrams talked about his involvement in upcoming DC movies, including an upcoming Black Superman movie written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the adaptation of Stephen King’s book Lisey’s Story for Apple TV+.
Clearly, Abrams has been involved with several previously created properties that are not his own, calling the opportunity “a double-edged sword.” He continued by saying, “While I’m incredibly grateful and proud to have been involved in the projects, of course, all I see is what things could have been and what we might have done.”
While having a lot of success with these projects, Abrams expressed an urge to return to his own ideas and projects. “The few things that I’m working on now, as a writer, are original ideas,” he told Collider. “I just feel, as a director, I really would love to have my next projects be things that didn’t pre-exist me necessarily.” One of those projects, according to Collider, is an HBO series called Demimonde based on an original story by Abrams.
Abrams’ time with Star Wars may be over, but it’s clear that he’ll continue to be a creative force for both pre-existing projects and his own.
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