That J.J. Abrams is oh so secretive. The STAR TREK director apparently has another super tight-lidded project in the works, although this one sounds like it could be a hundred times better than the forgettable CLOVERFIELD (which of course he only produced). Vulture is reporting that Abrams is currently working on a a screenplay that is a "tip of the hat to [Steven Spielberg’s] movies of the 70’s and early 80’s.” What's more, Spielberg himself is involved with the project in some capacity.
Naturally, plot details are under wraps, but like the best of those early Spielberg films, it will deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic - and possibly other-worldly - events. Abrams, like a lot of us, grew up admiring the films from Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment (cherished gems like GREMLINS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE GOONIES, etc.) and sees this as an homage to that vivid, fantastical style of storytelling.
For the record, I love those Amblin movies - most of them anyway - and would kill to see a new film done in that same spirit. I actually have faith that Abrams can pull something like this off, too. Hell, certainly more so than Spielberg could at this stage in his career (did you see the last INDIANA JONES?) The budget is allegedly low (for a studio movie), somewhere in the $25 million range. I know times have changed, but JAWS only cost around $9 million. Just saying - with a little imagination, anything is possible.
Here's hoping we hear more, a lot more, on this thing real soon.