Creativity 50 2015

Creativity 50 2015: J.J. Abrams

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If "Star Wars" superfans collectively got to make hiring decisions, there's a good chance they might have made the same decision George Lucas and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy did in selecting J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

There's arguably no pop-culture auteur of his generation with as diverse and accomplished a track record of crafting emotionally resonant tentpole entertainment for the small and big screens alike. As the creator or co-creator of "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe" (as well as "Felicity" earlier in his career), the director of "Mission: Impossible III," two "Star Trek" films and "Super 8," as well as the producer of "Cloverfield," Mr. Abrams knows how to delight critics and please the demanding Comic-Con crowd while getting audiences to show up in droves.

And next year, apparently eager to conquer yet another screen, he's set to release Spyjinx, a new espionage game that his production company Bad Robot has been building with the makers of mobile-gaming hit "Infinity Blade."