Last week, J.J. Abrams appeared on the red carpet at the Golden Globes as executive producer of the popular science fiction HBO series, Westworld, based on the 1973 sci-fi thriller movie, Westworld. But, according to reports, Abrams is done making reboots, such as Star Wars and Star Trek and … well … Westworld.
But Abrams told People magazine that those days are gone.
“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, 50, said he doesn’t see the point in working on projects that don’t move the story forward. (Or change it completely, say in case of 50 years of Star Trek canon.)
“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.”
Abrams said that it wasn’t unusual for stories to be retold (some with extra lens flare, we assume), telling People
“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.”
But “remaking” The Force Awakens based on the structure and themes of the original, Star Wars: A New Hope was probably the best decision Abrams has made in a long time. Moving on to original work, like the much-applauded LOST, is probably the second.
The second season of Westworld premieres on HBO in October 2018.
You can catch the trailer for Season 1 from the HBO YouTube channel below.
Featured image via By Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.