JJ Abrams, who I love dearly despite not being much of an “Alias” fan (seriously, that show started strong and rapidly descended into ridiculousness), should forever be credited for saving the asses of two movie franchises. Mission: Impossible, which had a decent first adaptation, and then was absolutely butchered in the horrendous, what-the-fuck-is-with-the-doves? sequel by John Woo. MI:3 was a respectable, well-acted action flick. Smart, entertaining, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman scared the absolute shit out of me. The second, of course, was his Star Trek reboot, which was not only one of the best entries in the series, but one of the best movies of the year.
[cue B-Slim bitching]
Anyway, he’s apparently going to keep those franchises alive. He told The Los Angeles Times that,
“The ambition for a sequel to Star Trek is to make a movie that’s worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters — their meeting each and galvanizing that family — that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story.”
A-fucking-Men, JJ. Co-writer Roberto Orci had this interesting tidbit to add:
We’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.
With regard to a fourth Mission: Impossible film, Abrams had the following to say to SciFi Wire during an interview about the next season of “Fringe”:
“Yeah, we have a really cool story. It’s being written right now by [frequent Abrams collaborators] Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum… I’m open to anything [with regard to directing it].”
That’s less exciting news, but still promising. Abrams has a ton on his plate right now — he’s writing and producing “Fringe” and “Lost,” as well as having a whopping eleven film projects listed as “in development.” So who the hell knows when any of this will happen. Don’t rush things, my good man. I’m willing to wait for quality product.