The latest Entertainment Weekly counts down the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood and Star Trek producer-director J.J. Abrams comes in at number 29. EW cites Abrams nabbing of the Trek franchise as evidence of his smarts. The list includes various agents, executives, and creative professionals with Abrams beating out the likes of Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro, Sascha Baron Cohen (aka Borat) and Amy Powell (a Paramount marketing executive). Topping the list were three other directors Judd Apatow, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron.
EW’s blurb on Abrams:
29. J.J. ABRAMS
JOB TITLE Producer/director
SMART BECAUSE He also writes screenplays and designs entire marketing campaigns. Used his clout from directing Mission: Impossible III to persuade Paramount to let him make January’s monster flick Cloverfield and reboot the Star Trek franchise. Already conquered TV (Alias, Lost); now modeling his career after Spielberg, and just may get there.
EXTRA CREDIT Appeared in Six Degrees of Separation, starring fellow Smart Lister Will Smith.
At least now JJ has something to fight back with when Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci brags about his ranking as the 35th most powerful Latino in Hollywood.