Thursday, February 7, 2013

JJ Abrams Dethrones Steven Spielberg as King of the Nerds

As the current creative talent behind Star Trek and Star Wars, not even a hybrid of Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson could usurp his rule.

It was recently announced that JJ Abrams would direct the 2015 Star Wars film, making him the brain child behind the two most successful science fiction franchises. He was thus crowned the undisputed King of the Nerds. The think tank behind such awesome shows as Alias, Lost and.…uh…Felicity…. Abrams’ ventured into the silver screen director’s chair with mediocre alien/monster flicks like Cloverfield (2008) and Super 8 (2011). Abrams didn’t achieve nerd acclaim until he directed a reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009. With the success of Star Trek Abrams showed he could take a much loved fan series and treat it with respect while also appealing to a completely new audience.

How did this man fool so many people into thinking liking his movies was not nerdy?

The former King of the Nerds Steven Spielberg is perhaps the only other person to reach such a wide audience while creating nerd oriented films. Spielberg’s rule never had the consensus of the nerd community. This was mostly due to his ability to direct multiple genres and tricking the normal people of the word into thinking he was not a nerd. Abrams can make no such claim.

Bea Arthur leading the rebel alliance in the Star Wars Holiday Special

Anticipation is high with Abrams at the helm of the two largest science fiction franchises in history. When factoring in the phenomenal work he did with Star Trek, there is A New Hope that the Star Wars franchise will be returned to its former glory. Even if he just does a remake of the Star Wars Holiday Special it will still be better than any of George Lucas’ efforts i.e. Special Editions and Episodes I and II.

Hayden Christensen superimposed over Bea Arthur in George Lucas' THX, substandard audio, 3D remastered version of the The Star Wars Holiday Special: Special Edition

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®