In a disappointing bit of news for all of the once-beloved sci-fi franchises out there that haven’t felt the loving embrace of a big-budget revival, J.J. Abrams recently told People that he’s getting out of the reboot game. He’ll still be making movies, but he no longer has “any desire” to resurrect the things he once loved as a kid the way he did for Star Trek and Star Wars. That means we’ll never get to see Abrams put his fresh-yet-reverent spin on stuff like Flight Of The Navigator, The Last Starfighter, Zardoz, John Carter, Star Trek again, that Exosquad cartoon, Enemy Mine, and maybe Star Trek a third time.
Regarding his history of reboots, Abrams says he’s “done enough of that,” and that he’s now “more excited about working on things that are original ideas that perhaps one day someone else will have to reboot.” He also has some advice for other people doing reboots, noting that it “feels like a mistake” to make something that is “is not moving forward, not introducing anything that’s relevant,” and “not creating a new mythology or an extension of it.”
Hopefully, when The CW reboots Felicity in a few years, it’ll keep that in mind.