Person of the Week: 'Star Trek' Filmmaker's Blockbuster Weekend

J.J. Abrams' latest sci-fi flick gets released to eager fans, recalling imagination at early age.
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And finally tonight, our "person of the week" is the king of big hollywood movies right now. A man with infinite imagination. But he says his sense of wonder goes back to something he bought years and years ago, so, what is Here's abc's david muir. Action! Reporter: This weekend, j.J. Abrams will boldly go where he's actually gone before. Which is why the stakes are even higher. The sequel to his wildly successful reboot of "star trek" now in theaters across the country. But as an artist, his eye first opened to another galaxy when he was just a boy. Nicknamed j.J. By his parents, jeffrey was born on long island. One of these kids is j.J. Reporter: And much like the characters in his very personal mule vie "super 8." Lights and camera shoot on that end. J.J. Shooting on super 8 as a kid. I loved my grandfather. He got my a super 8 camera when I was 10. Reporter: And it wasn't just that little camera. Along with the movies, there was magic. He speaks of his trip to a magic shop as a boy. He went back to find it today and it's still there. J.J. Stick has the magic box he bought there as a boy, with so much wonder. He revealed it during his ted talk. So, one of the things i bought at the magic store was this. Cannon's mystery magic box. Reporter: On the outside, that big question mark. Inside, you can hear the contents rattle. But decades later, it is still unopened. The mystery, far greater than what's inside. That is awesome. Reporter: That director and producer driven by mystery, like his audience. What's a bigger mystery box than a movie theater. You are so excited to see anything. The moment the lights go down is often the best part. Reporter: Even his actors know the story of that mystery box, still unopened. Zachary quinto, who plays spock. He's never unlocked that box. It keeps him going. It's something he inspires in everybody he works with. Reporter: Long before he reimagined "star trek," j.J. Abrams behind "fell listty," "alias" "and loand "lost." One of the best pieces of advice frwas from my dad. He said, it's more important that you learn what to make movies about than how to make movies. Reporter: Believe it or not, after "star trek," bringing back "star wars" is next. You have controlled your fear. Reporter: Who takes on "star trek" and "star wars." J.J. Abrams does. I was like, of course. Of course. Reporter: Driven by one simple notion. Follow what you feel. That thing that you feel, if you really feel it, other people do, too. And that's something that is, to be, you know, mined and to be celebrated. And we choose j.J. Abrams, who reminds us the questions in life are exciting, too.

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