For years now, director J.J. Abrams has brought viewers into plenty of mysteries, thrillers and action-packed adventures such as Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. That doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon as Abrams reunites the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise with Star Trek Into Darkness next Summer, while he’s currently developing a project Collider with Edgar Wright that will embrace another mystery element once more. But what if Abrams went for the full family appeal? That seems to be a closer reality today as the visionary has stepped in with his production banner to bring a few adorable creatures to both the big and small screens.
Latino-Review reports that Abrams has nabbed up the rights to Beastlies, “incredible cute monstrous figures hand made one at a time by artist Leslie Levings. Their eyes are far apart and they have big ears or horns but gosh darn it they are sweet looking creatures.” Abrams is said to want to venture into animation and turn Beastlies into “the modern day equivalent of the Smurfs” with “an animated series and film” being aimed at.
There’s no word on whether or not Abrams would direct the film or lend a hand in creating the series, but his Bad Robot Productions will certainly remain very involved in pushing the project. The cute and cuddly creatures certainly don’t seem to be in Abrams wheelhouse, but is a very smart move in terms of appealing to more than just the science fiction or mystery buffs out there. A series and feature film would really drawn in families and children, easily making the investment worthwhile.