Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American director, producer, writer, and composer. He is known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. Abrams wrote and/or produced feature films such as (1991), Regarding Henry (1992), Forever Young (1998), and Armageddon (2008). Cloverfield
He created or co-created a number of TV drama series, including
(co-creator, 1998–2002), Felicity (creator, 2001–2006), Alias (co-creator, 2004–2010), and Lost (co-creator, 2008–2013). Abrams won two Fringe Emmy Awards for Lost— Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.
His directorial film work includes
(2009) and its sequel Star Trek (2013), Star Trek Into Darkness (2006), and Mission: Impossible III (2011). He also directed and co-wrote Super 8 (2015), the first film in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars sequel trilogy and his highest-grossing film, as well as the third highest-grossing 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 [ edit ]
Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of television producer
Gerald W. Abrams (born c. 1939) and executive producer Carol Ann Abrams (née Kelvin; 1942–2012). His sister is screenwriter Tracy Rosen. [1 ] He attended [1 ] Palisades High School. After high school, Abrams planned to go to film school rather than an academic college but eventually enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, following his dad's advice: "it's more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies." [2 ]
Early career [ edit ]
Abrams's first job in the movie business started at 16 when he wrote the music for
Don Dohler's 1982 film . During his senior year at college, he teamed with Jill Mazursky to write a feature Nightbeast film treatment. Purchased by [3 ] Touchstone Pictures, the treatment was the basis for , Abrams's first produced film, which starred Taking Care of Business Charles Grodin and James Belushi. He followed with , starring Regarding Henry Harrison Ford, and , starring Forever Young Mel Gibson. He also co-wrote with Mazursky the script for the comedy starring Gone Fishin' Joe Pesci and Danny Glover.
In 1994, he was part of the "Propellerheads" with
Rob Letterman, Loren Soman, and Andy Waisler, a group of Sarah Lawrence alums experimenting with computer animation technology who were contracted by Jeffrey Katzenberg to develop animation for the film . Shrek Abrams worked on the screenplay for the 1998 film [4 ] with producer Armageddon Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay. That same year, he made his first foray into television with , which ran for four seasons on Felicity The WB Network, serving as the series' co-creator (with Matt Reeves) and executive producer. He also composed its opening theme music.
Under his production company,
Bad Robot, which he founded with Bryan Burk in 2001, Abrams created and executive-produced [5 ] ABC's and is co-creator (along with Alias Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber) and executive producer of He later co-wrote the teleplay for Lost. Lost 's third season premiere " A Tale of Two Cities." As with Felicity, Abrams also composed the opening theme music for Alias and Lost. In 2001, Abrams co-wrote and produced the thriller , and wrote Joy Ride an unproduced screenplay for a fifth Superman film in 2002. In 2006, he served as executive producer of and What About Brian , also on ABC. Abrams directed and wrote the two-part pilot for Six Degrees Lost and remained active producer for the first half of the season. That same year, he made his feature directorial debut in 2006 with , starring Mission: Impossible III Tom Cruise. Abrams spoke at the TED conference in 2007. [6 ]
In 2008, Abrams produced the
monster movie . Cloverfield In 2009, he directed the [7 ] science fiction film , Star Trek which he produced with [8 ] Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. While it was speculated that they would be writing and producing an adaptation of Stephen King's series of novels, they publicly stated in November 2009 that they were no longer looking to take on that project. The Dark Tower In 2008, Abrams co-created, executive produced, and co-wrote (along with [9 ] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) the FOX science fiction series , for which he also composed the theme music. He was featured in the Fringe 2009 MTV Movie Awards 1980s-style digital short " Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions", with Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell, in which he plays a keyboard solo. NBC picked up Abrams's as its first new drama series for the 2010–11 season. Undercovers However, it was subsequently cancelled by the network in November 2010. [10 ]
In 2008, it was reported that Abrams purchased the rights to a
article "Mystery on Fifth Avenue" about the renovation of an 8.5 million dollar co-op, a division of property originally owned by New York Times E. F. Hutton & Co. and Marjorie Merriweather Post, for six figures and was developing a film titled Mystery on Fifth Avenue, with Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions, and comedy writers Maya Forbes and [11 ] Wally Wolodarsky to write the adaptation. According to the article, a wealthy couple Steven B. Klinsky and Maureen Sherry purchased the apartment in 2003 and live there with their 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 that involved dozens of historical figures, a fictional book and a soundtrack, woven throughout the apartment in puzzles, riddles, secret panels, compartments, and hidden codes, without the couple's knowledge. The family didn't discover the embedded mystery until months after moving into the apartment. [12 ] After Abrams purchased the article, Clough left him an encrypted message in the wall tiles of a [13 ] Christian Louboutin shoe store he designed in West Hollywood. [14 ]
He wrote and directed the
Paramount science fiction movie , while co-producing with Super 8 Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk; it was released on June 10, 2011. Abrams directed the sequel to [15 ] Star Trek, , released in May 2013. Star Trek Into Darkness On January 25, 2013, [16 ] The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm officially announced Abrams as director and producer of , the seventh entry in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film saga. Star Wars Disney/Lucasfilm also announced that Bryan Burk and Bad Robot Productions would produce the feature. [17 ] [18 ]
Following the news that he would direct
The Force Awakens, speculation arose as to Abrams's future with Paramount Pictures, with whom he had released all of his previously directed feature work, and which had a first-look deal with his Bad Robot Productions. Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore stated that Abrams will continue to have a hand in the highly successful Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises going forward. Abrams directed, produced, and co-wrote the screenplay for, [19 ] , working alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lawrence Kasdan, following the departure of co-writer Michael Arndt. [20 ] Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters on December 18, 2015. [21 ] [22 ]
Abrams announced at the 2013
D.I.C.E. Conference that Bad Robot had made a deal with Valve Corporation to produce a film based on either the video game title or Portal . Half-Life On September 9, 2013, it was announced that Abrams would release a novel, [23 ] , written by S. Doug Dorst. The book was released on October 29, 2013. [24 ] [25 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children.
[3 ] He resides in [26 ] Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. [27 ] He is [28 ] Jewish and sometimes takes his children to religious services. [29 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Feature credits [ edit ]
Television credits [ edit ]
Felicity Co-creator, writer, executive producer, director, co-composer of theme music
Alias Creator, writer, executive producer, director, theme music composer
Lost Co-creator, executive producer, writer, theme music composer, director
The Catch Creator, executive producer
What About Brian Executive producer
Six Degrees Executive producer
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest director
Avatar: The Last Airbender Guest writer (uncredited)
Episode: "The Drill"
The Office Guest director
Fringe Co-creator, executive producer, theme music composer, writer
Anatomy of Hope Executive producer, writer, director
Undercovers Co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, theme music composer
Person of Interest Executive producer, theme music composer
Alcatraz Executive producer, theme music composer
Shelter Executive producer
Family Guy Guest star
Revolution Executive producer
Almost Human Executive producer, composer
Believe Executive producer
Dead People Executive producer
11.22.63 Executive producer
Westworld Executive producer
Roadies Executive producer
Music video credits [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ . J.J. Abrams: On Filmmaking BAFTA Guru. May 8, 2013.
^ a b J.J Abrams Biography Archived 15 February 2011 at WebCite
^ The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks pgs. 55–56
^ Warner, Tyrone (May 11, 2010). "J.J. Abrams not worried about writers block on 'Fringe. '" CTV. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010 . Retrieved . June 29, 2011
^ "J.J. Abrams's mystery box". TED. March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on March 24, 2011 . Retrieved . March 24, 2011
^ J.J. Abrams Talks Cloverfield Sequel Archived 15 February 2011 at WebCite
^ J.J. Abrams on 'Cloverfield' Sequel, "We're Working on Something" Archived 15 February 2011 at WebCite
^ "J.J. Abrams on . Comingsoon.net. February 23, 2008. Archived from Star Trek and Cloverfield 2" the original on February 25, 2008 . Retrieved . February 23, 2008
^ "NBC Picks Up New J.J. Abrams Drama Series". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011.
^ Seigel, Tatiana (June 17, 2008). "Paramount, Abrams keep house". Variety . Retrieved . June 17, 2008
^ Reagan, Gillian. "J.J. Abrams to Produce NYT's Fifth Avenue Mystery". New York Observer . Retrieved . June 18, 2008
^ Green, Penelope (June 12, 2008). "Mystery on Fifth Avenue". The New York Times.
^ Schwartz, John (December 6, 2010). "Monumentally Mystifying: Power of Secrets Inspires Public Art". New York Times.
^ Pamela McClintock (May 6, 2010). "Abrams, Spielberg confirmed for 'Super 8. '" Variety. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011 . Retrieved . July 27, 2010
^ "J.J. Abrams Will Direct STAR TREK 2". NextNewMovies . Retrieved . December 6, 2011
^ "It's official: Abrams to direct new 'Star Wars' film". CNN. January 26, 2013 . Retrieved . January 26, 2013
^ "Star Wars Is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII". StarWars.com. January 25, 2013 . Retrieved . January 26, 2013
^ "J.J. Abrams directing 'Star Wars': What happens to 'Star Trek'?". . January 25, 2013 The Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . January 26, 2013
^ "J.J. Abrams to script as well as direct". Guardian UK. August 25, 2013 . Retrieved . October 25, 2013
^ ". 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script delayed"
^ "Disney Chief Reveals 'Star Wars: VII' Casting Almost Complete, Says Film Is Already Shooting (Video)" . Retrieved . July 4, 2014
^ Graser, Marc (February 6, 2013). "J.J. Abrams will develop 'Half-Life,' 'Portal' games into films". Variety . Retrieved . February 26, 2013
^ "Stranger". Soonyouwillknow.com . Retrieved . November 25, 2013
^ "EW Gets the Stories Behind Those Goofy TV Production-Company Logos", Entertainment Weekly, December 7, 2001: "The title came to creator J.J. Abrams during a writers' meeting, and he recorded his children, Henry and Gracie (ages 2 and 3), saying the words into his Powerbook's microphone. 'That day in the office while editing,' says Abrams, 'I put together sound effects on my computer, burned a QuickTime movie on a CD, gave it to postproduction, and three days later it was on national television.'"
^ "Jj Abrams, Katie McGrath 4th Annual Pink Party to... – Picture 2072721". Contactmusic.com . Retrieved . November 25, 2013
^ Director J.J. Abrams and wife, actress Katie – Media (3 of 46) Movie Premieres: 'Star Trek,' 'Angels, "Director J.J. Abrams and wife, actress Katie McGrath, parade on the red carpet as they arrives at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the premiere of the movie 'Star Trek' in Los Angeles on April 30, 2009.
^ Jewishjournal.com: Now It’s J.J. Abrams’ Turn to ‘Trek’, accessed December 16, 2015
^ CW Picks Up 3 More Drama Pilots Including JJ Abrams & Mark Schwahn's Shelter. Deadline.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Andrew J. West To Play The Lead In CW Pilot 'Dead People' From Bad Robot". Deadline . Retrieved . November 25, 2015
^ "Hulu Original "11.22.63" Premieres Presidents Day 2016". The Futon Critic. October 30, 2015 . Retrieved . November 25, 2015
^ Gerard, Jeremy (August 9, 2015). "‘Westworld’ First Trailer: HBO Teases Series With Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris". Deadline.com . Retrieved . November 25, 2015
^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 14, 2015). "Showtime Gives Series Pickup to Cameron Crowe-J.J. Abrams Comedy ‘Roadies’". Variety . Retrieved . November 25, 2015
^ a b c d e "The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences". Archived from the original on February 15, 2011 . Retrieved . February 18, 2008
^ "Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010 . Retrieved . October 17, 2007
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