Besides his work on the ‘Star Trek’ movie sequel, Abrams is also working n ‘Super 8’, ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Pulp’ and ‘Fringe’.
‘Super 8’, which has its “Area 51” plot under wraps, is a collaboration with Steven Spielberg and Paramount that hits theaters on June 10, 2011. Abrams will direct. Regarding the film, Abrams said “We’re editing, we have a post schedule that leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the luxury of time. But we have an amazing postproduction group and we’re hard at work editing. I just came from the editing room right now. Fingers crossed as always.”
Set up at Fox, ‘Alcatraz’ is a modern day mystery with ties to events 50 years ago. Of this project, Abrams said “We start shooting on the 19th (January). We have a cast that I almost can’t believe is true, it’s spectacular. We have an amazing director in Danny Cannon. Liz Sarnoff is as good as they get in terms of writers. I’m holding my breath that it turns out as well as the script is.”
With Fox recently moving his cult favorite television series ‘Fringe’ to fridays, Abrams said “Obviously I would be a complete liar if I said I was really excited about the move to Fridays. But what I will say is we are here talking at a TCA about the second half of the third season of Fringe, which is definitely a show despite the top 10 lists and accolades and awards — which is wonderful — but it’s a show that has a very niche audience and I am insanely grateful to the network for supporting it, for allowing it to live. Maybe it’s because of the move to Fridays that the network has been even more lenient with allowing us to do some stuff that we might not have been able to do on Thursdays. The show is firing on all cylinders. The creative team is spectacular. I just hope that viewers will come to a show that while I’m biased in my heart, believes an audience.”
When asked about a resurgence in the science fiction genre, Abrams said “I’m a huge fan of that kind of stuff, so I’m thrilled. There are cycles to everything. Obviously now ‘True Grit’ is this big hit and I wonder if we’re going to see a bunch of Westerns. That kind of thing will happen. If it’s done well, then that’s the greatest thing of all time. That genre to me is one of my favorites.”
‘Pulp’ is Abrams newest in development television series. It’s a crime drama set in a slightly heightened reality. ‘Alias’, ‘Lost’ and ‘Fringe cohorts Monica Breen and Alison Schapker wrote the script and will executive produce the series.
See the ‘Super 8’ trailer here: