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J.J. Abrams [7]

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Born:June 27, 1966 (52)
Filmography Rating:7.98 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.71 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.11 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:84.06%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Armageddon [1998](32) => Writer
The Office: Season 3 [2006](40) => Director
Mission: Impossible III (M:I:III) [2006](40) => Director / Writer
Star Trek [2009](43) => Director / Producer
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol [2011](45) => Producer
Star Trek Into Darkness [2013](47) => Director
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015](49) => Director / Writer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Star Trek [2009]
  • Composer Michael Giacchino decided to use the original [Star Trek] theme by Alexander Courage for the end credits, which director J.J. Abrams said symbolized the momentum of the crew coming together.
  • Karl Urban was cast at his first audition, which was two months after his initial meeting with J.J. Abrams. He said he was happy to play a role with lots of comedy, something he had not done since The Price of Milk, because he was fed-up of action-oriented roles.
    Superman Returns [2006]
  • [Alias] creator and writer J.J. Abrams wrote a complete shooting draft of the script, which both Brett Ratner and McG were planning to shoot when they both left the project for both creative and budget reasons. When offered the director's chair, Bryan Singer rejected J.J. Abrams script as too far a departure from the source material. Abrams story re-imagined Superman as a Kryptonian prince sent to earth as a baby to avoid an impending civil war between king Jor-El and his brother Kata-Zor. Raised as Midwestern teen Clark Kent, and in love with his high school sweetheart Lois, Superman becomes humanity's defender when Kata-Zor invades Earth, aided by CIA Agent Lex Luthor, who is actually a Kryptonian in disguise. The film ended with Superman returning to Krypton to rule over his people after the death of Jor-El. Singer disagreed with these changes to one of America's most well-known characters, and decided instead to pursue a storyline to act as both a sequel and a re-make which would honor the character's history, as well as the popular films by Richard Donner.
  • Kevin Smith's original script, to which Tim Burton was immediately attached, was based on a 1993 story arc in the comic books in which Superman was killed by a creature named Doomsday and then brought back to life more powerful than before. After a lengthy development process, Warner Bros. chose not to go with Smith's script and hired other writers, such as [Alias] creator J.J. Abrams, to revive the series.
    Mission: Impossible III (M:I:III) [2006]
  • Thandie Newton was offered the chance to reprise the role of Nyah Nordoff Hall, but turned it down to concentrate on spending time with her family. Her role in the story was later changed to a new character named Leah Quint (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) but when J.J. Abrams took over directing the project, the character was totally scrapped from the story.
    Star Trek Into Darkness [2013]
  • Writer Damon Lindelof apologized on Twitter for the seemingly gratuitous and much criticized scene where Alice Eve strips down to her underwear. J.J. Abrams would counter the criticism later when he appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show and premiered a deleted scene featuring Benedict Cumberbatch showering. For her part, Eve later stated that she didn't feel exploited by the inclusion of her strip scene.
  • According to J.J. Abrams, the time travel-alternate reality concept used in the previous film Star Trek was a deliberate ploy to enable a reboot for new sagas/films: "The idea, now that we are in an independent timeline, allows us to use any of the ingredients from the past - or come up with brand-new ones - to make potential stories."
  • J.J. Abrams pitched the villain to Benedict Cumberbatch as a combination of The Joker (The Dark Knight), Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) and Jack Torrance (The Shining).
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015]
  • Captain Phasma was originally going to be a man, and J.J. Abrams was allegedly looking at Benedict Cumberbatch (whom he had worked with on Star Trek Into Darkness) for the role. However, after the film drew some complaints about the lack of women in the cast, the decision was made to make Phasma into a woman.
  • Both J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford started their acting careers with roles as delivery/messenger boys. Abrams' first appearance was 25 years after Ford's, but it was in Regarding Henry, making a delivery to Harrison Ford's character.
  • Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence and [?] Shailene Woodley were considered for the role of Rey. Olsen refused the audition for the role because she already had a contract with "Marvel Studios" for the role of Scarlet Witch in the Avengers' franchise, and because the shoot dates for "The Force Awakens" overlapped with Age of Ultron. In April 2014, J.J. Abrams chose Daisy Ridley as Rey, to mimic the same type of selections made by George Lucas, with little known actors for the leading roles. In 1976, Lucas chose Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for their respective roles of Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
  • John Boyega originally played Finn in his natural English accent. But both he and J.J. Abrams felt it didn't feel right for the character. So Boyega changed to an American accent for the role.
  • Kevin Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch visited the set. Smith, infamous for his open and talkative nature, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and J.J. Abrams had World War 2 style propaganda posters titled "Loose Lips Sink Starships" hung up around the set as a reminder to Smith not to reveal spoilers for the film to the public. True to his word, the only tidbit Smith revealed about his visit was that he cried when he stood on the Millennium Falcon set, as it reminded him of how much he loved [Star Wars] as a child.
  • While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. About a year later, J.J. Abrams revealed that he hurt his back while trying to help get Ford out from under the door.
  • The first J.J. Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams in a new [Star Wars] film than his own. Giacchino's name shows up in episode VII's credits as a stormtrooper.
  • In a real-life parallel to the film Fanboys, Mark Hamill and John Boyega successfully lobbied director J.J. Abrams to allow [Star Wars] fan [?] Daniel Fleetwood to see the film before official release, as Fleetwood had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was not expected to live to see the film's actual release date. Fleetwood was shown the film at a screening in his home, after Disney agreed. Fleetwood died 10 November, 2015.
    Star Trek Beyond [2016]
  • When J.J. Abrams dropped out of the director's position, Joe Cornish, Jon M. Chu and Brad Bird were considered to direct when the project was in early development.
    The Office: Season 3 [2006]
  • {Cocktails} is the only Office episode directed by J.J. Abrams.
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [2016]
  • Michael Giacchino composed the music for this film. He has composed every film directed by J.J. Abrams except, ironically, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
    Star Trek: Discovery - Season 1 [2017]
  • Will You Take My Hand? - The Centuarian Slugs that are cooking in the wok on Q'onos are featured in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) (Down Pike's mouth by Nero).
    Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi [2018]
  • After reading the script for the film, Mark Hamill told director Rian Johnson, "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision." Hamill later stated that he had the utmost respect for Johnson and Episode VII and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams, and is pleased with how both films have turned out.