- "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."
- ―Kathleen Kennedy
Jeffrey Jacob "J.J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer who is the director of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
The son of television producers Gerald and Carol Ann Abrams, J.J. and his friend Matt Reeves won an award at a festival called "The Best Teen Super 8mm Films of ’81", held at the Nuart Theater, Los Angeles, in March 1982. Abrams and Reeves were hired by Kathleen Kennedy to transfer Steven Spielberg's student films to VHS.
On January 24, 2013, reports emerged that Abrams would direct the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. StarWars.com confirmed the news the following day, announcing also that Abrams would co-produce the film alongside his longtime producing partner, Bryan Burk, and Abrams' production company, Bad Robot.
In October 2013, it was announced that Abrams had taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, working alongside Lawrence Kasdan following the departure of Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters on December 18, 2015.
|Taking Care of Business||1990||Writer|
|Joy Ride||2001||Producer, writer|
|Mission: Impossible III||2006||Director, producer, writer|
|Star Trek||2009||Director, producer|
|Super 8||2011||Director, producer, writer|
|Mission: Impossible– Ghost Protocol||2011||Producer|
|Star Trek into Darkness||2013||Director, producer|
|Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens||2015||Director, producer, writer|
|Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi||2017||Executive producer|
|Star Wars: Episode IX||2019||Executive producer|
|1998–2002||Felicity||creator, writer, executive producer, director, co-composer of theme music|
|2001–2006||Alias||creator, writer, executive producer, director, theme music composer|
|2005||The Catch||creator, executive producer|
|2004–2010||Lost||co-creator, executive producer, writer, theme music composer, director|
|2007||The Office||guest director||Cocktails, Season 3, Episode 18|
|2006–2007||What About Brian||executive producer|
|Six Degrees||executive producer|
|2006||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||guest director|
|2007||Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed||interviewee|
|2008–2013||Fringe||co-creator, executive producer, theme music composer, writer|
|2009||Anatomy of Hope||executive producer, writer, director||pilot|
|2010||Undercovers||co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, theme music composer|
|2011–present||Person of Interest||executive producer, theme music composer|
|2012||Alcatraz||executive producer, theme music composer|
|Family Guy||guest star||episode: Ratings Guy|
|2013||Almost Human||executive producer||pilot|
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chitwood, Adam. Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber. Collider. Retrieved on February 5, 2015. "I wouldn’t say VIII and IX are my baby, Rian will be working at least on VIII, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah."
- ↑ What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Producer Kathleen Kennedy Learned From Working With a Teenage J.J. Abrams. Vanity Fair (2015-05-20). Retrieved on May 23, 2015.
- ↑ Wigler, Josh (January 24, 2013). J.J. Abrams To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. MTV. Retrieved on January 25, 2013.
- ↑ J.J. Abrams to script as well as direct. Guardian UK (August 25, 2013). Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
- ↑ 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script delayed.
- ↑ Disney Chief Reveals 'Star Wars: VII' Casting Almost Complete, Says Film Is Already Shooting (Video). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 4, 2014.
- ↑ CW Picks Up 3 More Drama Pilots Including JJ Abrams & Mark Schwahn's Shelter. Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- ↑ Hibberd, James (January 25, 2013). J.J. Abrams' robot cops show gets pilot order. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on January 30, 2013.
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (January 25, 2013). NBC Orders J.J. Abrams Drama, Bill Lawrence Comedy to Pilot. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 30, 2013.
- J. J. Abrams on Wikipedia
- J.J. Abrams - Breaking Down his Directing Techniques at Indie Film Hustle
- J.J. Abrams on Memory Alpha