J.J. Abrams: 5 Things You Need To Know
The director's new film 'Super 8' starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler and Joel Courtney opens Friday.
J.J. Abrams' passion project, Super 8 -- based on the director's own youthful pastime of making 8-millimeter films as a teenager in the 1970s -- opens in theaters Friday.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the writer-producer-director.
1. He's best known for directing and co-writing the LOST pilot. Abrams had limited involvement with the ABC series' after its first year, and also produced both Felicity and Alias, but it's still the project he's asked most about. "I get a lot of people asking me, in terms of Lost, ‘What the hell’s that island?’" he has said. "It’s usually followed by, ‘No, seriously, what the hell’s that island?’”
4. He never went to film school. Instead Abrams attended Sarah Lawrence College and studied history and english. But, he did manage to write and sell a screenplay before graduation. It became the 1990 movie Taking Care of Business.
5. Super 8 is only the third movie he's directed. Abrams helmed Mission Impossible III (starring pal Tom Cruise, who attended the Super 8 premiere Wednesday in L.A.) and 2009's very successful Star Trek reboot. But, Super 8 is not only the first original film he's brought to the big screen, he also wrote the script.