J.J. Abrams
United States
2019

Bad Robot

J.J.
Abrams

Film Director

Abrams is renowned for viewing his films as “mystery boxes,” where half the fun is pondering what objects are hidden inside. For much of 2019, he was something of a mystery box himself, with the industry hotly anticipating which of his many suitors would sign his prodco Bad Robot to a mega-deal encompassing film, TV, digital content, music, games and consumer products. The drama ended in September when he signed a five-year pact with WarnerMedia worth a reported $250 million. In the meantime, he completed work directing his second “Star Wars” film, “The Rise of Skywalker,” and announced deals to exec produce writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s “Zanbato” for Paramount and Apple TV Plus’ miniseries adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Lisey’s Story,” starring Julianne Moore.

Career

  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
  • WESTWORLD

Education

  • Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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When “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” debuts on Dec. 20, it will, of course, mark the official close to the nine-film Skywalker Saga, one of the most successful franchises in movie history, grossing more than $7.7 billion worldwide to date (not including spinoff films “Rogue One” and “Solo”).“The Rise of Skywalker” also marks a watershed moment for its co-writer and director, J.J. Abrams, who returns to “Star Wars” after launching the new trilogy with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” Having...

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