The movie industry is a constant change of flux and evolution. The technology changes as does the appeal toward audiences, what is attractive to the eye. Having the right director or producer in place is key, and often times those directors and producers often lead the charge for those big changes in the industry.
Take Steven Spielberg, who through the ’70’s and ’80’s revolutionized the movie industry with fellow director George Lucas. Spielberg through his many movies was able to take a story and tell it in a way that captivated audiences and brought fiction to life. So who’ll be the next Spielberg? Who’s the next director and producer that’ll come along and introduce a whole generation to the movie industry and take them on a journey of story telling unknown before in the movies?
For the last 15 years, one such director has been making a name for himself, not only as a director but also as a producer through his production company, Bad Robot. J.J. Abrams hasn’t only set a new standard for directing, but continues to be one of the leaders in the movie industry, leading the charge toward continual change and innovation.
J.J. Abrams has been in the industry for over 25 years, but it has been in the last 15 years since he took the helms of director that he has really made an impact. A testament to his ability came when he was asked to direct the new Star Wars movies. This after and during continual directing of the Star Trek franchise. Fans were concerned that you couldn’t have the same person directing both franchises, but Abrams has proved them wrong. The new Star Wars film became the third highest grossing film of all time.
Also, with the use of his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams has created or helped create a number of popular television shows. Some of those productions include mega hits like Lost, Fringe, Alias, and Person of Interest.
Abrams not only has been given many opportunities to direct or produce, but also he has capitalized on those opportunities by introducing creative and innovative ways to tell the story through advanced special effects and improved cinematography. His works leave audiences wanting more. Even the vomit inducing motion-sick monster flick Cloverfield still told a good story even if the approach fell flat.
To define who’ll be the next Steven Spielberg requires a leader of innovation and the ability to carry the evolution of the film industry to the next level. J.J. Abrams has been doing that for the last 15 years and continues to show audiences that one day people will ask, “Who will be the next Abrams?”