20 years ago if you had said that one man would be in charge of both the Star Trek and the Star Wars empires, you would have been called a fool, a lunatic. Or worse.
If you had said that that one man would be the writer of middle of the road, by the numbers romantic comedies like Regarding Henry and Jim Belushi’s Taking Care of Business, you would have been called not just a lunatic but a dangerous radical. The authorities would have been summoned, and I would have led the lynch mob to bring you and your heretical ideas down.
And yet, if you had said all those things, you would have been right! And you would have had the right to come and laugh in my face today, enjoying the fruits of your wisdom.
How did he do it? How did a little script writer come to conquer all Hollywood and establish a dominance unseen since Jesse Lasky? I lay out the steps of Abrams Path to Power over at BuzzFeed.
Including - pictured above - the moment “official” historians would have you forget; Abrams on camera turn as an angry young Harvard student yelling at his parents in the 1991 film, Six Degrees of Separation. Relive it all at BuzzFeed.