There’s a nice little science fiction blog called io9 that just released their 2008 Power List, a veritable Who’s Who for the entertainment industry. Here are the top five:
1. JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
I was pleased to see them rank first, being a diehard fan of Lost as well as a late-coming Fringe apologist. But these four geeks are responsible for more than just the best two dramas on television. Try Cloverfield, Transformers, and the upcoming Star Trek reboot.
2. Will Smith
Bwaaahhh? Number two? They cite Hancock and I Am Legend as credentials. Legend was great, but I couldn’t garner enough interest to see Hancock. And maybe they’re counting Seven Pounds, what with the jellyfish and all. Still, an odd choice.
3. Jeff Robinov (President of Warner Brothers)
This is more like it, since Robinov greenlit The Dark Knight, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and March’s Watchmen.
4. James Cameron
This pick is in anticipation of Cameron’s upcoming 3D sci-fi epic Avatar, which took a decade to make and will apparently change the way we watch movies. But he hasn’t directed a feature since ’97, and Avatar won’t hit your retinas until next Christmas.
5. Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios)
Last year’s Iron Man and Incredible Hulk made lots of cash and impressed critics (I wasn’t wowed by either), but they’re only harbingers of what’s to come for Marvel Studios. The idea is to release feature films centering on five individual characters, and then throw them together in an Avengers movie. In addition to Iron Man 2, they’ve got Captain America, Thor, and Ant-Man on the horizon.
For #6-20, see the article at io9.