Known for sci-fi films like his two Star Wars entries, Star Trek reboot, and 2011’s Super 8, JJ Abrams is now on the hunt for UFOs, but for real this time. He will produce an upcoming four-episode docuseries called UFO on Showtime.
Mark Monroe (Icarus) and Paul Crowder (Riding Giants) will direct JJ Abrams’ UFO show. The objective of the show will be to look into the “unsettling theories of a subject that recently reached national headlines, and has historically been the focus of powerful politicians and CEOs, while average citizens pursuing the very same truth have been ridiculed and ostracized.”
With all things alien-related, it will explore what keeps these ideas so secretive. If there is truth, then JJ Abrams and his team of UFO experts will dissect private companies, the military, and the American government for what these entities could be hiding from the world. The producer will look at what possible motivation that companies and the government may have for trying to hide any evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The Star Wars director will team up with people from his own production company, Bad Robot, to produce the UFO documentary series. Glen Zipper, Monroe, and Sean Stuart, along with Ben Stephenson and Rachel Rusch Rich, will also be executive producers. Zipper’s own company, Zipper Bros Films, will also be involved.
The topic of UFOs has been popping up throughout the United States. government recently. Yesterday, June 16, a meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee took place regarding unclassified material on the subject; more specifically it is what the Pentagon refers to as UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon). Also, back in May, former President Barack Obama told James Gordon on The Late Late Show With James Corden about the Navy’s sightings of unidentified sightings in the sky. He spoke about how witnesses have seen objects move that cannot be explained.
Another report from 2017 published by The New York Times also details how two Navy airmen saw an object that “accelerated like nothing” they have seen before. The conversations around UFOs is certainly changing.
JJ Abrams might be looking for real UFOs and alien life, but he forged his relationship with the possibilities of the unknown throughout his Hollywood career. Best known as a producer, he made his name through shows like the Emmy winning series Lost that went from 2004 to 2010, conquering much of the space of television. More recently, he produced the HBO series Westworld, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffery Wright, and Ed Harris. He even returned to HBO to team up with Get Out‘s Jordan Peele to executive produce last year’s Lovecraft Country.
Outside of the small screen, JJ Abrams directed Mission Impossible 3, revitalizing that franchise and becoming a producer on the rest of the entries in the Tom Cruise-led explosive franchise. Abrams would take on UFOs in another manner with his 2009 reboot of Star Trek and its sequel, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness which starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Simon Pegg. He would step further into mega franchises in sci-fi with Episode VII and IX of Star Wars.
UFO premieres on Showtime on August 8. All four episodes will drop for viewers to binge right away.