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J.J. Abrams Talks Super 8

Finally a little bit of the veil of secrecy has lifted off of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming giant monster wrecking a city flick, Super 8. It’s only been what close to a year?

In an interview with The L.A. Times Abrams revealed the most we’ve heard about the highly anticipated flick yet. Dig on some excerpts along with the vintage Eighties feeling Spielbergian trailer (which just aired on Super Bowl XLV) below. Hit up the link for the whole interview.

“To me, all people need to know is that it’s an adventure about a small town and it’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s scary and there’s a mystery: What is this thing that has escaped? What are the ramifications of its presence? And what is the effect on people? But I know that’s not enough. Look, I feel we need a little bit of a coming-out party because we are up against massive franchises and brands and most people don’t know what Super 8? means. We’re a complete anomaly in a summer of huge films … and we don’t want to be so silent or coy that people don’t care or don’t hear about it.” …

As the process went along I realized I had the potential makings of my favorite sort of movie, which is the one that is the hardest genre to define. That because you could say — and be right — that it’s a science fiction movie; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a love story; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a comedy; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a special-effects spectacle. That sort of cocktail is for me what I love about movies…that was the beginnings of this movie coming together.”

As for the film’s plot …

“The Paramount Pictures release is set in Ohio in 1979 and introduces a troupe of six youngsters who are using a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One fateful night, their project takes them to a lonely stretch of rural railroad tracks and, as the camera rolls, calamity strikes — a truck collides with an oncoming locomotive and a hellacious derailment fills the night with screaming metal and raining fire. Then something emerges from the wreckage, something decidedly inhuman.”

The article also states that Super 8 originally began life as two different projects that were combined “due to their individual deficiencies.” The first idea was “a non-fantastical” coming of age story about a group of kids with a Super 8 camera. The other was “a spooky film about the 1970s scrutiny of Area 51 and how anxious government officials decided the best way to protect the classified possessions of the increasingly notorious military base was to ship them off to other sites aboard midnight trains — one of which never reaches its final destination.

As for the challenges the movie faces …

”We have such a challenge on this movie. Yes we’ve got Steven’s name on it and my name on it — for what that’s worth — but we’ve got no famous super-hero, we’ve got no pre-existing franchise or sequel, it’s not starring anyone you’ve heard of before. There’s no book, there’s no toy, there’s no comic book. There’s nothing. I don’t have anything; I don’t even have a board game, that’s how bad it is. But I think we have a very good movie.”


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  • The Buz

    I seriously cannot wait for this.

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