JJ Abrams to Direct or Produce Every Movie Ever Made

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Disney (NYSE: DIS ) 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 produced a monster movie , directed Mission: Impossible III, co-wrote a little-known horror flick , and wrote the screenplay for one of Harrison Ford's most powerful roles.

Now Abrams may be on the cusp of producing his first video game movie.

According to Joystiq , 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 years.

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 2013-2014 season.

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 $35 million -- $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: VIA ). The film ultimately grossed more than Cloverfield, however, earning $127 million domestically versus Cloverfield's $80 million haul.

Domestically, Star Trek is by far Abrams' most successful film, earning $257 million 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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