While unprecedented might be a strong word, J.J. Abrams has certainly been Hollywood’s magic touch for bringing franchise properties back to life. The director and producer brought “Star Trek” into the 21st century, reignited the globe’s interested in the saga taking place in a galaxy far, far with with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” stepped into the world of “Mission: Impossible,” while also being behind one of the biggest shows of 2016 in “Westworld.” One could argue that in recent years, Abrams has become synonymous with big brand filmmaking, but it looks like he’s done playing in that pool.

Chatting with People (via Slashfilm) at the Golden Globes, Abrams revealed that while he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had to work on such huge properties, he wants to move away from that in his future projects.

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“You know, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid,” he said. “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.”

Indeed, Abrams sees reboots are not unusual nor something that will disappear from the cinematic landscape.

“…film is a fairly young medium and there are stories that have lasted for centuries,” Abrams added. “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.”

It’s a thoughtful observation from the director, and it seems pretty clear whatever he does next won’t involve Vulcans or lightsabers.

  • Henry

    No new National Anthem then?

  • Mucho Macho

    Watching his “60 Minutes” interview was painful.
    It was prior to the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. And here he is in a moment of triumph in his life, they were there to talk about his upbringing, his success, his journey and the legacy of “Star Wars” and they decide to talk to his wife and she joins them in the interview and what a condescending b*%# this woman is!

    All she was doing was complaining about how he could do more, about how she does a lot too and nobody really pays attention to that, blah blah blah. She didn’t allow him to speak when she was next to him and he genuinely looked terrified of his wife. She came across like a trophy wife who constantly reminds him how much of a nerd he is and how lucky he is to have such a hot piece of meat next to him.

    He says that he feels the need to do something else, that’s probably his wife pushing him to do more Oscar bait movies.

    • Patrick

      Totally agree she seems like a full time job and he looked totally beaten…

    • DL

      Maybe you have to actually watch it, but I went and looked up the transcript and it seemed like she was part-joking, and partly pushing him to excel even further. Personally, I like it when my partner encourages me and tells me I can be better than I already am.

      • Mucho Macho

        Even though I get what you’re saying and you are not wrong to want or like that but when you actually watch it trust me she wasn’t kidding, she was being a pain in the behind.
        somebody here saw it and agreed with me said that he looked beaten..& he did.
        It’s not like she had him literally by the pipi the entire interview but it was just the condescending b*tch* attitude towards him she had.

        He looks like he didn’t sign a prenup?

  • Spank Rawkins

    “I think you always have to be additive. You can’t just be remaking something just for the sake of remaking it”

    Hahahahahaha! That’s some funny shit there.

  • LA2000

    It would be nice if it were true, but frankly I doubt he has the fearlessness or motivation at this point to take off the franchise training wheels and find out what he is actually worth as a box office draw and a director. In the single decade of his feature career, he has only done reboots or sequels to major franchises. His one “original” was an homage to the style of another director, a Spielberg “reboot” if you will, and even that did not go particularly well. As a feature director, he is an oddity in that he has never made a movie that consisted solely of his own vision.

    Abrams is a writer by trade: no need for him to wait for someone else to write his first original. He has about as much clout and muscle to get a challenging project made as anyone in Hollywood. If he was going to jump into those frigid waters, if he was going to risk it all on an “Inception” or a “Dunkirk”, he would have done it by now.

    No one gets more courageous with time.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Sweet mercy. By all that’s holy and sacred, let this be true.
    No more butchering of beloved properties!