Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams
is a man of many talents. He's a writer, actor, director, producer, composer, and creator. He was raised in Los Angeles by his father Gerald, another television producer, and got his first job when he was only 15 writing music for a movie titled "Nightbeast
As a senior in college, he wrote a film script with a friend of his which eventually turned into a full length featured titled "Taking Care of Business
." He had a hand in writing "Regarding Henry
" with Harrison Ford
, "Forever Young
" with Mel Gibson
, and big movie blockbuster "Armageddon
." He produced horror film "Cloverfield
" and is directing the newest "Star Trek" movie.
Abrams has earned his stellar reputation over several years; let's take a look at his journey:
In the same year "Armageddon" came out Abrams started the show "Felicity
" as a co-creator, writer, director and producer. He has a habit of doing multiple jobs on any given set, not simply satisfied by taking a seat and watching his creations develop. Abrams likes to be a part of the process. "Felicity" was a Golden Globe-winning show on the WB channel about a teenage girl who followed one of her high school crushes to New York rather than going to college. She realized that what she really wanted to do was find her own life, and the show centered on her college life, friends, and love life. By the time the show ended in its fourth season, Abrams had already moved on to a new project named "Alias
"Alias" was on ABC for five seasons and starred Jennifer Garner
. "Alias" was about Garner's character Sydney Bristow, a bright young woman who thought she was working for the CIA and finds out that she is being used by a terrorist organization. She turns to the real CIA when her fiance is murdered and infiltrates her own job to bring them to justice. The show started out as a spy and crime genre but swiftly turned into an intriguing - but strange - triller/sci-fi. Artifacts, destiny, and immortality played into the deeply mythological story of "Alias." It was exciting, confusing, odd, dramatic, and overall a very memorable series. Abrams was busy researching new projects and developing them, so by the time the show ended he was already moving on!
The show he moved to next was Emmy and Golden Globe award winning show "Lost
." This show is entering its fifth season in 2009 and slated to officially end after its sixth season. Abrams is credited as a co-creator, writer, director, and producer of this critically acclaimed show, as well as composing its theme music. "Lost" has an eclectic ensemble cast with noted actors, some of which have shot to stardom thanks to their role in this ABC drama. It is about the survivors of a plane crash who find themselves on a mysterious deserted island. They find shelter and learn to hunt to keep living, but finding rescue soon becomes increasingly important as many things on the island are very dangerous. Dead people haunt the survivors, polar bears roam the land, unknown people named the 'Others' steal them during the night, and there is a monster made of smoke.
After "Alias" and "Lost" it is no wonder that Abrams became a well known name in science fiction. His newest project "Fringe
" will continue this legacy, and then some! Abrams is co-creator, writer and executive producer, and it is his fourth collaboration with his co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The show revolves around a scientist named Walter Bishop (John Noble
), his son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson
) and FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv
). The show has credited some inspiration from "X-Files
," "The Twilight Zone
" and even a little "Frankenstein."
The details of the show's plot have been kept rather quiet, but the previews show that a horrible and unexplainable crisis happens to a group of airplane passengers. Agent Warren investigates the tragedy, and she is led to Dr. Bishop. He is a 'mad' scientist type who has been placed in an institution due to his strange experiments and behavior. The only way to get the Doctor out is to ask his estranged son Peter, who has no interest in reconciliation. Together they must figure out what the airplane disaster means to the rest of the world, and if this is where it ends. There are supposedly a lot of questionable organizations trying to get their hands on Dr. Bishop as well, and every episode will have a "monster of the week" style formula. Abrams wanted "Fringe" to have stand-alone episodes as opposed to his former shows "Alias" and "Lost," which can be very confusing to irregular viewers.
Wildstorm Comics has released a prequel comic book written by Zack Whedon, brother to Joss Whedon
and one of the writers for "Fringe." The show will be premiering Tuesday, September 9 on FOX at 8 p.m. EST.
Story by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer