J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams is one of the most exciting filmmakers in Hollywood at the moment who boldly tackles huge projects and delivers memorable movie experiences.

And that is exactly what he is doing this week as he is back in the director's chair for Star Trek Into Darkness - his second film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise.

Abrams is a very talented chap who has directed, produced and writer for both movies and TV over the years, and has enjoyed huge success in both mediums.

Abrams kicked off his movie career as a writer penning screenplays for Taking Care of Business, Regarding Henry and Forever Young, Gone Fishin' and Armageddon - also serving as producer on some of those projects.

In 1998 he moved into TV for the very first time as he co-created series Felicity. The series was a success and ran for four seasons, kicking off Abrams' love of the small screen.

By 2001 he has set up his own production company Bad Robot and has got to work on another series Alias - which saw Jennifer Garner take on the role of CIA agent Sydney Bristow.

The series ran for five seasons and over a hundred episodes and gained a huge fan following. As if two TV hits were not enough Abrams went on to create a third in the form of Lost.

The series followed a bunch of plane crash survivors who are lost on a mysterious island.

The show was a critical hit and huge with audiences as it ran for six seasons and won a whole host of awards.

While Abrams had been working in film since 1990 as a writer and a producer he had never helmed a film but all that changed in 2006 when he made his directorial debut.

But he didn't kick off his film work with a small project instead jumping straight into the deep end with Mission: Impossible III.

Abrams teams up with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to pen the script while Tom Cruise reprised the role of Ethan Hunt in the hit franchise.

The film did well at the box office as it grossed in excess of $397 million worldwide and announced Abrams as a big screen director.

He went on to produce Cloverfield before returning to the director's chair for Star Trek. The movie saw him reboot the popular franchise as he took the story right back to the beginning and brought the characters to a new generation.

Abrams brought Orci and Kurtzman on board to pen the screenplay and cast a great young cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.

He brought a fresh feel to the Star Trek franchise and the movie was both a critical and commercial success.

He moved on to science fiction for his next directing project as he helmed Super 8 back in 2011 - a movie that saw Steven Spielberg on board as a producer.

The movie a childhood innocence to it and it was one of the best movies to grace the big screen that year.

But during all of that time Abrams has not turned his back on TV as he has continued to create and produce shows such as Fringe, Person of Interest and Alcatraz.

This week sees him return with Star Trek Into Darkness which is bigger and bolder that the first film.

It continues to follow the relationship between the crew of the Enterprise as they face their biggest challenge yet.

Star Trek Into Darkness is already winning over the critics and promises to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Star Trek Into Darkness is out now.

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