J.J. Abrams
United States
2018

Bad Robot

J.J.
Abrams

Film Director

When director trouble arose on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it’s easy to see why Disney called Abrams to take the helm. After “The Force Awakens,” he was already a leading creative force in the “Star Wars” universe, and he’s been among the most reliable hitmakers in the business, skilled at both rebooting beloved franchises such as “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” with a mix of crafty storytelling and true-fan affection and producing his own franchise in the three-film “Cloverfield” (with a fourth just announced) horrorfest. With production house Bad Robot, the empire extends to TV, where his output includes watercooler shows from “Lost” to “Westworld,” and now videogame development for mobile, PC and console with partners Warner Bros. Interactive and Tencent.

Career

  • LOST
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
  • WESTWORLD

Education

  • Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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