From the Official www.TomCruise.com:
If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams, the director of ‘Mission: Impossible III‘ with Tom Cruise, you know that intricate storytelling and mysterious circumstances are all hallmarks of his work. But perhaps you didn’t realize that the notion of “six degrees of separation” really seems to apply to his life as a filmmaker.
In a recent Variety article, Abrams’ work as a writer, producer, and director over the years is highlighted, along with the people who have helped him conquer Hollywood, both on the big and small screen:
- Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of “Lost,” was a first-time showrunner and put in charge because Abrams had to turn his attention to making ‘Mission: Impossible III.’ Carlton Cuse, the other executive producer on the show, knew Abrams from a short-lived WB television show.
- Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum worked with Abrams on “Alias,” and are now the writers who have been tapped to pen the script for ‘Mission: Impossible IV.’
- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci first worked with Abrams on his TV show “Alias,” and were later chosen to write ‘Mission: Impossible III.’ They also co-wrote the new ‘Star Trek’ film, which Abrams directed, and collaborated with him to create Fox’s TV drama “Fringe.”
But it’s not all hard work and no play for these guys. Comic-Con is the highlight of the year, says Lindelof: “When I go to Comic-Con, I’m always more excited about going to the other panels than to the ‘Lost’ panel.”
In another piece Variety wrote, Abrams discusses the debt he owes to Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker behind summer blockbusters, Academy Award winners, and sci-fi thrillers ‘Minority Report‘ and ‘War of the Worlds,’ both starring Tom Cruise.
Abrams attributes Spielberg to being “the filmmaker who I feel has had the most influence on our generation…When you watch his movies, you see these shots where he manages to incorporate half a dozen shots into one shot that tells you everything about how ET or any other character is feeling in that moment.”
Spielberg returned the compliment, saying, “J.J. has an inexhaustible amount of creative energy. Working with him is like being part of a sandlot team where J.J. makes us all feel like we’re kids again because there’s no rulebook.”
Awww, can’t you feel all this love for everyone? Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
Hey, just for fun, which movie wins in a three-way Tom Cruise film battle: ‘Mission Impossible III,’ ‘Minority Report,’ or ‘War of the Worlds’? Sound off in the comments below!
Related J.J. Facts:
Spielberg was a producer for ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,’ which was written by J.J. Abrams’ writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (ya know, the MI:3 guys!)