Any reference to screenplays is notably absent in my post. Some directors write and some don't; some directors make movies like E.T.
and Star Wars..
.and some directors make franchise flicks like Mission Impossible
and Star Trek
. Abrams got in a good shot with Super 8
, but while it made a tidy profit it did not win wide praise or a place in recent film history as particularly memorable. He's still short a Jaws
or an American Graffitti
, much less an E.T.
, a Star Wars
or an Alien
before he can ascend into the pantheon alongside his heroes and mentors.
Abrams has written a script or two, as has Lucas (I really don't know if Spielberg writes, I'm embarrassed to admit). Nonetheless, my point stands.
"Among geekdom?" Fuck "geekdom;" nerd praise don't feed the bulldog. OTOH, Lucas and Spielberg pretty much invented
skiffy movie geekdom.