The J.J. Abrams Collection

Cloverfield is getting ready to dominate the movie-going public this weekend, not to mention New York City's greatest of monuments. It's a stellar collaboration from producer J.J. Abrams, writer Drew Goddard, and director Matt Reeves and it isn't the first time they've worked together either. Here's a peek at some earlier projects from this trio of talents.

Lost

Cloverfield is written by Drew Goddard who penned more than six episodes of Lost, one of the most original shows on TV. I'm a Lost fanatic, I admit it. At Comic-Con last summer the producers admitted that working out an end date for the show was imperative. Midway through season three, fans were getting restless, sensing the show was twiddling its thumbs a bit, stalling. They were right. Once an end date was decided (the last show will air May 2010), the writers were free to resolve some subplots, reveal more truths. The result was that the second half of season three was as strong as any stretch in the show's history and I cannot wait for both season four and the WGA strike to be resolved so my addiction can be fed.

Alias

Before there was Lost, J.J. Abrams created Alias (Goddard co-produced), a show I've never seen in its entirety but desperately want to. I do know the show has a ton of fans. One of them, apparently, was Tom Cruise who got in touch with Abrams after watching the first season of the show. This lead to Abram's strong directorial debut.

Mission: Impossible III

When Lost and Cloverfield producer, J.J. Abrams, teamed up with Tom Cruise the result was the most satisfying entry of the franchise. Oddly, out of the three films, it made the least amount of money at the box office. Abrams does make use of his old Felicity star, Kerri Russell, though. Speaking of which...

Felicity

Cloverfield director, Matt Reeves, has been involved with other J.J. Abrams productions as well. They were co-creators of this once-popular WB drama. I've never seen this show but I do remember all the hubbub when Russell cut her hair in the second season.

Pallbearer

Even before Felicity, J.J. Abrams connected with Matt Reeves (who was handed directing duties) in this agreeable yet forgettable romantic comedy staring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow. Suffice to say, this wasn't the movie that put any of their careers on the map.

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