J.J. Abrams is probably one of the most talented Hollywood filmmakers working today. Over the years, Abrams has done work in many genres, most notably action, drama and science fiction. People started taking note of his work when he wrote the screenplays for films like ‘Regarding Henry’ (1991) and ‘Forever Young’ (1992). Abrams soon made his way into the Television series business when he and Matt Reeves came with the idea of creating the drama ‘Felicity’ (1998-2002) which ran on the WB network. It became an instant hit and over the years, it has been shown in more than 70 countries worldwide. Following the success of ‘Felicity’, Abrams went on to create the very well received by critics- action and espionage thriller ‘Alias’ (2001-2006) and the very successful sci-fi, supernatural mystery adventure drama ‘Lost’ (2004-2010) which has been voted by audiences and critics to be one of the best television series of all time, garnering more than 10 million viewers during the course of its run time. Abrams has also received a couple of Emmy awards for his work in ‘Lost’.
His directorial debut as film director started in 2006 with the third installment of the very famous Mission Impossible series ‘Mission: Impossible III’ which was miles better than its prequel ‘Mission: Impossible II’ (2000). He then joined hands with old friend director Matt Reeves in producing the monster film ‘Cloverfield’ (2008). Abrams then decided to revive the Star Trek film franchise by rebooting the franchise with new actors playing the old characters from the old television series. ‘Star Trek’ (2009) turned out to be a giant success with, satisfying both critics and die-hard Star Trek fans alike in terms of the plot, effects, stunts and direction. He followed it up with its sequel ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (2013).
But his most difficult assignment to date was to revive the world-famous Star Wars franchise. For almost ten years with no Star Wars film being made, Disney then acquired Lucasfilms in 2012 and then started developing a new sequel trilogy which was to follow the events from the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983). With high anticipation regarding this new film, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015) finally hit theaters in December 2015, garnering critical acclaim and soon became the third highest grossing film of all time with $2 billion dollars at the box office. Despite getting flak from a minority of Star Wars fanboys, Episode 7 managed to keep majority of the Star Wars fans happy considering the fact that most of them were disappointed with the outcome of the prequels trilogy. Abrams is also a terrific music composer, having composed the opening theme music for both Alias and Lost.
Here’s the list of upcoming films of JJ Abrams as a director and a producer scheduled to release in 2018, 2019 and beyond. We can only hope that the new JJ Abrams movies would be as good as some of his latest ones.
1. Overlord (2018)