JJ Abrams

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is Berninahaus for work in the genres of action , drama , and science fiction . Abrams wrote and / or produktie feature films zoals Regarding Henry (1991), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

He created or co-created a number of TV dramas, zoals Felicity (co-creator, 1998-2003), Alias (creator, 2001-2006), Lost (co-creator, 2004-2010) and Fringe (co- creator, 2008-2013). Abrams won two Emmy Awards for Lost – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series .

His directorial film work of includes Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Super 8 (2011). He’ll be directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and his Highest-Grossing Film, as well as the third Highest-Grossing Film of all time .

Abrams’s frequent creative collaborators include producer Bryan Burk , actors Greg Grunberg and Simon Pegg , writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto orci , composer Michael Giacchino , Cinematographers Daniel Mindel and Larry Fong , and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey .

Early life

Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the sun or television producer Gerald W. Abrams (born 1939) and executive producer Carol Ann Abrams (nee Kelvin, 1942-2012). [1] His sister is a screenwriter Tracy Rosen. [1] He attended Palisades High School . After high school, Abrams Planned to go to film school Rather dan an academic lecture but Eventually enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College , volgende his dad’s advice: “it’s more important that u go off and learn what to make movies about dan how to make movies. ” [2]


Early career

Abrams’s first job in the movie business started at 15-when he wrote the music for Don Dohler ‘s 1982 film Nightbeast . During his senior year at college, he teamed with Jill Mazursky to write a feature film treatment . [3] Purchased by Touchstone Pictures , the treatment was the basis for Taking Care of Business , Abrams’s first produktie film welke starred Charles Grodin and James Belushi . He Followed with Regarding Henry , starring Harrison Ford , and Forever Young , starring Mel Gibson . He’ll be co-wrote with Mazursky the script for the comedy Gone Fishin ‘ starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover .

In 1994, he was part of the “Propellerheads” with Rob Letterman , Loren Soman, and Andy Waisler, a group or Sarah Lawrence alums Experimenting with computer animation technology linked ulcers CONTRACTED with Jeffrey Katzenberg to developement animation for the movie Shrek . [4] Abrams worked on the screen play for the 1998 film Armageddon with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay . That co year, he made his first Foray JSON television with Felicity , welke ran for four seasons on The WB Network , serving as the series’ co-creator (with Matt Reeves ) and executive producer. He’ll be Composed zijn opening theme music .


Under his production company, Bad Robot , welke he founded with Bryan Burk in 2001, [5] Abrams created and executive produktie ABC ‘s Alias and is co-creator (along with Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber ) and executive producer of Lost . He later co-wrote the teleplay for Lost ‘ s third season premiere ” A Tale of Two Cities .” As with Felicity, Abrams ook composed the opening theme music for Alias and Lost . In 2001, Abrams co-wrote and produktie the thriller Joy Ride . [ Citation needed ] In 2006, he served as executive producer of What About Brian and Six Degrees , turned on ABC. Abrams directed and wrote the two-part pilot for Lost and remained active producer for the first half of the season. That co year, he made his feature directorial debut in 2006 with Mission: Impossible III , starring Tom Cruise . Abrams ghosts at the TED conference in 2007. [6]

In 2008, Abrams produktie the sample movie Cloverfield . [7] In 2009, he directed the science fiction movie Star Trek , [8] welke have produktie with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. While it was speculated dat ze mention anything be writing and Producing an adaptation of Stephen King ‘s The Dark Tower series of novels, they ‘Publicly stated in November 2009 dat ze ulcers no longer looking to take on dat project. [9] In 2008, Abrams co-created, executive produktie, and co-wrote (along with Roberto orci and Alex Kurtzman ) the FOX science fiction series Fringe , for he welke ook composed the theme music. He was featured in the 2009 MTV Movie Awards 1980-style digital short ” Cool Guys Do not Look at Explosions ” with Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell , in welke he plays a keyboard solo. NBC picked up Abrams’s Undercovers as zijn first new drama series for the 2010-11 season. [10] However, it was subsequently canceled by the network in November 2010.

In 2008, it was Reported therein Abrams PURCHASED the rights to a New York Times article “Mystery on Fifth Avenue” about the renovation or an 8.5 million dollar co-op, a division of property oorspronkelijk owned by EF Hutton & Co. and Marjorie Merriweather Post , for six figures and was ontwikkelingslanden a film Titled Mystery on Fifth Avenue, with Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions, [11] and comedy writers Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky to write the adaptation. Volgens to the article, a wealthy couple Steven B. Klinsky and Maureen Sherry PURCHASED the apartment in 2003 and live there with hun four children. Soon after purchasing the apartment, they ‘hired young architectural designer Eric Clough , who devised an elaborately clever “scavenger hunt” built into the apartment therein involved dozens of historical figures, a Fictional book and a soundtrack, woven gehele apartment in puzzles, Riddles, secret panels, compartments, and hidden codes, without the couple’s knowledge. The family did not discover the embedded Mystery Until months after moving into tje apartment. [12] [13] After Abrams PURCHASED the article, Clough left im an encrypted message in the wall tiles or a Christian Louboutin shoe store he designed in West Hollywood. [14]


He wrote and directed the Paramount sci-fi thriller Super 8 , starring Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning , while co-producing with Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk; it was released on June 10, 2011. [15] Abrams directed the sequel to Star Trek , Star Trek Into Darkness , released in May 2013. [16] On January 25, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm officially announced Abrams as director and producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens , the seventh entry in the Star Wars movie saga. [17]Disney / Lucasfilm ook bekend dat Bryan Burk and Bad Robot Productions mention anything produce the feature. [18]

Following the news dat he mention anything directly The Force Awakens , speculation arose as to Abrams’s future with Paramount Pictures, with Whom he had released all of his post with directed feature work, and welke had a first-look deal with his Bad Robot Productions. Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore stated therein Abrams will continuous to harbor a hand in the highly successful Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchise going forward. [19] Abrams directed, produktie, and co-wrote the screen play for, Star Wars: The Force Awakens , working alongside Lawrence Kasdan , volgende the departure of co-writer Michael Arndt . [20] Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters on December 18, 2015. It grossed over $ 2 billion at the box office, making im the second director to make a $ 2 billion movie since James Cameron ‘s Avatar . [21] [22]

He served as producer or Star Trek Beyond in 2016.

Abrams announced at the 2013 DICE Summit dat Bad Robot Productions had made a deal with Valve Corporation to produce a film based on Either the video game title Portal or Half-Life . [23] On September 9, 2013, it was announced dat Abrams mention anything about release a novel, S. , written by Doug Dorst . The book was released on October 29, 2013. [24]

Upcoming projects

In 2009, it was Reported therein Abrams and Bad Robot Productions mention anything produce a film based on the Micronauts toy line. [25] [26] As of December 2013, the film hasnt leg made, but it is stated therein the film is still in production. [27]

In January 2014, the prolongation promotion of the TV series Believe , it was Reported therein Abrams was interested in making film Adaptations or Alias , Lost and Felicity . [28]

In November 2015 it was Reported therein a sixth Mission: Impossible film was in the works and dat Abrams was pure chance to return to produce the film, Along Tom Cruise , Don Granger , David Ellison , and Dana Goldberg . [29]

In January 2016, Abrams stated therein have will produce the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi In this housing will premiere on January 15, 2017. [30] In July, Abrams Reported therein a fourth Star Trek Instalment in the works and therein have been confident dat Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto and Chris Hemsworth will return for the sequel. [31] [32] In October, he’ll be revealed therein have been Producing a film Titled God Particle , dat mention anything serve as a sequel to 10 Cloverfield Lane . [33]

Refused projects

In 1989, Abrams with Steven Spielberg at a film festival, where Spielberg ghosts about a shower Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel , with Abrams as a shower and writer with Robert Zemeckis as producer. [34] Nothing came up from this project, hoewel de Abrams has some storyboards for a Roger Rabbit short. [34]

In July 2002, Abrams wrote a script for a shower fifth Superman film entitled Superman: Flyby . [35] Brett Ratner and MCG entered JSON talks to direct, [36] hoewel de Abrams With You to get the chance to direct his own script. [37] However, the project was finally canceled in 2004 and Limit download Superman Returns was released in 2006.

In November 2009, it was Reported therein Abrams and Bad Robot Productions maakten, Along with Cartoon Network Movies , Warner Bros. , Frederator Films and Paramount Pictures , a film adaptation of Samurai Jack . [38] However, in June 2012, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky stated therein the production of the film was Scrapped after Abrams’ departure of the project for direct Star Trek . [39] For this and other reasons, Tartakovsky decided to make a new season Limit download a feature film.

Personal life

Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children. [3] [40] He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles , California. [41] [42] He is Jewish and his wife is Roman Catholic, and he sometimes takes his children to religious services on Jewish holidays. [43]

Abrams Serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us , a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization. [44]



Year film Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1982 Nightbeast Composer
Sound Effects
1990 Taking Care of Business Yes
1991 Regarding Henry Yes Yes Yes Delivery Boy
1992 Forever Young Yes Yes Executive producer
1993 Six Degrees of Separation or Yes Doug
1996 The Pallbearer Yes
Diabolique Yes Video Photographer # 2
1997 Gone Fishin ‘ Yes
1998 Armageddon Yes
1999 The Suburbans Yes Yes Rock Journalist
2001 Joy Ride Yes Yes
2006 Mission: Impossible III Yes Yes Feature directorial debut
Also digital artist
2008 Cloverfield Yes
2009 Star Trek Yes Yes
2010 Morning Glory Yes
2011 Super 8 Yes Yes Yes
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Yes
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Yes Yes
2014 Infinitely Polar Bear Yes Executive producer
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Yes
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Yes Yes Yes Yes Vocal cameo
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane Yes
Star Trek Beyond Yes
2017 God Particle Yes Filming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Yes Executive producer


Year title credited as Notes
Writer Director Executive Producer Composer
1998-2002 Felicity Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (17 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music co-composer
2001-2006 alias Yes Yes Yes Yes Creator; writer (13 episodes), director (3 episodes), theme music composer
2004-2010 Lost Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music composer
2005 The Catch Yes Yes Co-creator; Pilot
2006-2007 What About Brian Yes
Six Degrees Yes
2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Yes Episode guest directed:
“Episode # 4269”
2007 The Office Yes Episode directed:
” Cocktails “
2008-2013 Fringe Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (6 episodes), theme music composer
2009 Anatomy of Hope Yes Yes Pilot
2010 Undercovers Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (1 episode), theme music composer
2011-2016 Person of Interest Yes Yes Theme music composer
2012 Alcatraz Yes Yes Theme music composer
Shelter Yes Pilot [45]
Family Guy Guest star; Episode:
” Ratings Guy “
2012-2014 Revolution Yes Yes Theme music composer
2013-2014 Almost Human Yes Yes Theme music composer
2014 Believe Yes
2015 Dead People Yes Pilot [46]
2016 22/11/63 Yes Limited Series [47]
Roadies Yes [48]
2016-present West World Yes

Music videos

Year program credit Notes
2009 ” Cool Guys Do not Look at Explosions “ performer

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work result
1999 Razzie Award Worst Screenplay Armageddon Nominated
2002 Emmy Award [49] Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series alias Nominated
2004 PGA Award Best Drama Nominated
2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Lost won
Directors Guild of America Best Director Nominated
Emmy Award [49] Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Pilot won
Outstanding Drama Series [49] won
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Pilot [49] Nominated
2006 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series won
PGA Award Best Drama won
Writers Guild of America [50] Dramatic Series won
2007 Saturn Award Best Director Mission: Impossible III Nominated
BAFTA Award Best International Lost Nominated
PGA Award Best Drama Nominated
Writers Guild of America Dramatic Series Nominated
2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2009 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America Long Form Fringe Nominated
New Series Nominated
2010 Emmy Award [49] Outstanding Drama Series Lost Nominated
Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Nominated
Empire Awards Best Director Nominated
PGA Award Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Saturn Award Best Director Super 8 won
Best Writing Nominated
2013 PGA Award Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television won
2014 Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated
2016 Best Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nominated
Best Writing won
Empire Awards Best Director won


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