) stunned the world when it announced that JJ Abrams, the
director of the latest Star Trek films, will
direct Star Wars: Episode VII
. Abrams, who has worked on dozens of TV projects, has also
, directed Mission: Impossible III, co-wrote a
little-known horror flick
wrote the screenplay
for one of Harrison Ford's most powerful roles.
Now Abrams may be on the cusp of producing his first video
, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said that he and Abrams are "going
to try and figure out if we can make a Half-Life movie or a
Portal movie together."
While there is always the chance that Abrams could direct the
Portal or Half-Life film, he will be too busy with the Star Wars
trilogy to direct anything else for at least the next six
Producing, however, can be much less time-consuming. Abrams'
Internet Movie Database page
indicates that he is producing three films this year in addition
to Star Trek Into Darkness: Believe, Wunderkind and an untitled
project. He is also a producer on Mission: Impossible 5, Star
Trek 3 and the untitled Cloverfield sequel. He is also likely to
be involved with a number of unannounced TV pilots slated for the
Thus far, Abrams has only directed three full-length films:
Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. The last one -- a
joint effort between Abrams and Steven Spielberg, who co-produced
the film together -- was considered to be a box office flop when
it opened at
$5 million less
than Cloverfield, which Abrams only produced. With two big
producers attached and a $50 million budget, Super 8 was expected
to produce buckets of gold for Paramount Pictures (NYSE:
). The film ultimately grossed more than Cloverfield, however,
earning $127 million domestically versus Cloverfield's $80
Domestically, Star Trek is by far Abrams' most successful
at the box office. Mission: Impossible III trails the film with
only $134 million.
Worldwide, Mission: Impossible III became Abrams' number-one
film, earning $397.9 million versus Star Trek's worldwide
earnings of $385.7 million.
When adjusted for inflation, Disney argues that the Star Wars
prequels would be worth
$1.5 billion each
-- the same amount The Avengers earned last summer. If Abrams can
follow in George Lucas' footsteps, the new Star Wars trilogy
should be worth even more.
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