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JJ Abrams finally breaks his silence on Super 8

02.07.2011

Up until this point, JJ Abrams has stayed mum on his upcoming film SUPER 8. What little we've known about the film was gleaned off internet rumors and a mysterious early teaser for the film. But with a new TV spot running during the Super Bowl, Abrams spoke publicly about the film for the first time.

Calling it "the first time I’ve talked about the movie with anybody that wasn’t working on it,” an antsy Abrams describes the film as "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?..."

The film is described as a mix between THE X-FILES, E.T., STAND BY ME and GOONIES. Two of those films should not surprise you seeing as how producer Steven Spielberg's 80s oeuvre seems to be a major influence on the film. SUPER 8 follows a group of kids in 1979 using their Super 8 camera to shoot a zombie movie. They accidentally film the train crash you see in the original teaser and the monster that escapes from the inside.

The movie came about as Abrams had two separate movies in his mind: one a coming-of-age movie and the other, a thriller about Area 51 aliens. When he couldn't think of a way to get both films moving, "it occurred to me after six months or so to put them together."

So why did Abrams finally decide to start talking about his 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 superhero, 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."

Time will tell on that last one but from what we've seen and from what Abrams is telling us, we're off to a good start.

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8:18PM on 02/09/2011
What a shitty trailer...Still want to see it but damn....
What a shitty trailer...Still want to see it but damn....
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2:35PM on 02/08/2011
The teaser feels like one of Spielberg's old movies, when they used to be good.
The teaser feels like one of Spielberg's old movies, when they used to be good.
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7:16AM on 02/08/2011
That's sad when studios think they need a famous person, pre-existing franchise or book, comic book, or a board game to sell a movie. How about going with a great storyline or an entertaining concept. Hollywood has gotten lazy and uncreative.
That's sad when studios think they need a famous person, pre-existing franchise or book, comic book, or a board game to sell a movie. How about going with a great storyline or an entertaining concept. Hollywood has gotten lazy and uncreative.
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2:23AM on 02/08/2011

NO BOARD GAME?! WHAT THE HELL!

This will be the worst movie ever.

Mr. Abrahams, it's honest quotes like that that makes you different from other people in hollywood.

I ust corrected the spelling.
This will be the worst movie ever.

Mr. Abrahams, it's honest quotes like that that makes you different from other people in hollywood.

I ust corrected the spelling.
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2:20AM on 02/08/2011

BO BOARD GAME?! WHAT THE HELL!

This will be the worst movie ever.

Mr. Abrahams, it's honest quotes like that that makes you different from other people in hollywood.
This will be the worst movie ever.

Mr. Abrahams, it's honest quotes like that that makes you different from other people in hollywood.
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7:32PM on 02/07/2011
did that 30 second spot just make this my number one most anticipated film of 2011?....Yep.
did that 30 second spot just make this my number one most anticipated film of 2011?....Yep.
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7:14PM on 02/07/2011
they might not be the most famous people, but at least i've heard of elle fanning, noah emmerich , ron eldard and (as mentioned below) kyle chandler, all of which are supposedly in the film. maybe abrams hasn't. he thought he discovered some new talent.
they might not be the most famous people, but at least i've heard of elle fanning, noah emmerich , ron eldard and (as mentioned below) kyle chandler, all of which are supposedly in the film. maybe abrams hasn't. he thought he discovered some new talent.
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7:03PM on 02/07/2011
Hmm Its interesting that out of all the different soundtracks they could choose they chose cacoon for that trailer. I guess this movie could be more friendly et instead of war of the worlds.
Hmm Its interesting that out of all the different soundtracks they could choose they chose cacoon for that trailer. I guess this movie could be more friendly et instead of war of the worlds.
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5:49PM on 02/07/2011
Imagine if this actually turns out to be ET 2? Same alien or at least same species?
Imagine if this actually turns out to be ET 2? Same alien or at least same species?
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4:55PM on 02/07/2011
It's weird when a director has to site the fact that his story is original as a problem. I loved the Super Bowl spot, it really did feel like an old school Spielberg movie. Although, I'd really rather know what's up with Star Trek 2.
It's weird when a director has to site the fact that his story is original as a problem. I loved the Super Bowl spot, it really did feel like an old school Spielberg movie. Although, I'd really rather know what's up with Star Trek 2.
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4:12PM on 02/07/2011

THE TRAILER SUCKED

but I'm still intrigued as hell. I was on board as soon as I saw JJ Abrams and after loving Cloverfield... but then the trailer let me down, but then he comes in now and says it's like a bunch of alien movies annnnnnd... The Goonies. The Goonies?! WOOOOOOOO! I fuckin loved the Goonies. Though I really don't see how it's going to be like that... is the thing that escaped... ONE EYED WILLY!!!!
but I'm still intrigued as hell. I was on board as soon as I saw JJ Abrams and after loving Cloverfield... but then the trailer let me down, but then he comes in now and says it's like a bunch of alien movies annnnnnd... The Goonies. The Goonies?! WOOOOOOOO! I fuckin loved the Goonies. Though I really don't see how it's going to be like that... is the thing that escaped... ONE EYED WILLY!!!!
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4:01PM on 02/07/2011
Super 8 looks great. Even though I had different picture of what the movie was going to be, I loved what I saw. The trailer was terrific and have the most faith in Abrams to deliver us a great alien movie with lots of heart.
Super 8 looks great. Even though I had different picture of what the movie was going to be, I loved what I saw. The trailer was terrific and have the most faith in Abrams to deliver us a great alien movie with lots of heart.
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3:26PM on 02/07/2011
It only occurred to me just now how much JJ Abrams looks like young Carl Fredricksen from Up.
It only occurred to me just now how much JJ Abrams looks like young Carl Fredricksen from Up.
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3:05PM on 02/07/2011
Love that it's set in 79. Love Abrams. Love Star Trek, now gimme more!!!
Love that it's set in 79. Love Abrams. Love Star Trek, now gimme more!!!
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2:28PM on 02/07/2011
"itís not starring anyone youíve heard of before". Apparently, Kyle Chandler started crying yesterday. Because he gets tomorrow's Joblo news today.
"itís not starring anyone youíve heard of before". Apparently, Kyle Chandler started crying yesterday. Because he gets tomorrow's Joblo news today.
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1:52PM on 02/07/2011
Sounds good to me!

However, this goes to show the mentality in Hollywood. The guy is making sure you know that this is original material, as though that should be detrimental to the success of the thing.

Thank goodness its an original idea. If anyone can do original, its Abrams.
Sounds good to me!

However, this goes to show the mentality in Hollywood. The guy is making sure you know that this is original material, as though that should be detrimental to the success of the thing.

Thank goodness its an original idea. If anyone can do original, its Abrams.
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3:06PM on 02/07/2011
See, and that's why I scoff at all the "I thought it was gonna be like CLOVERFIELD." If you check Abrams' filmography, no two things are alike (except maybe ALIAS and UNDERCOVERS, but you get my point). He's not going to repeat a concept.
See, and that's why I scoff at all the "I thought it was gonna be like CLOVERFIELD." If you check Abrams' filmography, no two things are alike (except maybe ALIAS and UNDERCOVERS, but you get my point). He's not going to repeat a concept.
4:15PM on 02/07/2011
Yeah, Abrams the most original guy out there. Especially with Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek, a sequel AND a remake.

Don't get me wrong the dude's done some awesome work, but he's got just as many original ideas as the next guy... he just finds a way to get them done where most others are left standing in dev hell.
Yeah, Abrams the most original guy out there. Especially with Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek, a sequel AND a remake.

Don't get me wrong the dude's done some awesome work, but he's got just as many original ideas as the next guy... he just finds a way to get them done where most others are left standing in dev hell.
1:40PM on 02/07/2011
This was by far the best trailer I have seen all year by a long shot.
This was by far the best trailer I have seen all year by a long shot.
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1:31PM on 02/07/2011

awesome

Have we just seen the first potential 2011 oscar nominee? looks "ET" awesome
Have we just seen the first potential 2011 oscar nominee? looks "ET" awesome
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12:46PM on 02/07/2011
I am very excited for this film! With Abrams and Speilberg at the reign, not to mention an 80's throwback to classic films, there is no way I will not see this.
I am very excited for this film! With Abrams and Speilberg at the reign, not to mention an 80's throwback to classic films, there is no way I will not see this.
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12:33PM on 02/07/2011
I really wanna see this, bit how bad has Hollywood become when a director, a name director at that, says, " Thereís no book, thereís no toy, thereís no comic book. Thereís nothing. I donít have anything; I donít even have a board game, thatís how bad it is. " He should say that's how good it is and take a crap on anything that needs a built in audience.
I really wanna see this, bit how bad has Hollywood become when a director, a name director at that, says, " Thereís no book, thereís no toy, thereís no comic book. Thereís nothing. I donít have anything; I donít even have a board game, thatís how bad it is. " He should say that's how good it is and take a crap on anything that needs a built in audience.
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12:02PM on 02/07/2011
If Abrams can recreate the genius of E.T. in a new way, I will be thoroughly impressed and extremely ecstatic.
If Abrams can recreate the genius of E.T. in a new way, I will be thoroughly impressed and extremely ecstatic.
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11:31AM on 02/07/2011
I have been anticipating this flick ever since I saw the creepy teaser trailer, and now I just cannot wait any longer. It's got classic Spielberg vibes radiating off it, it looks fun, and it's original. I admit, the first teaser and this one don't jive, I always saw Super 8 as a Cloverfield-ish film with all the viral marketing etc, but after seeing the Superbowl vid I don't care anymore. It looks fantastic.
I have been anticipating this flick ever since I saw the creepy teaser trailer, and now I just cannot wait any longer. It's got classic Spielberg vibes radiating off it, it looks fun, and it's original. I admit, the first teaser and this one don't jive, I always saw Super 8 as a Cloverfield-ish film with all the viral marketing etc, but after seeing the Superbowl vid I don't care anymore. It looks fantastic.
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11:25AM on 02/07/2011
E.T. X-Files. Stand by Me. AND Goonies?
Whoa
E.T. X-Files. Stand by Me. AND Goonies?
Whoa
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11:00AM on 02/07/2011
A completely original movie!? I didn't think there were any left!
A completely original movie!? I didn't think there were any left!
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10:37AM on 02/07/2011
It's not based on a comic book or board game??!?!?! THen why are they making it?!?!
It's not based on a comic book or board game??!?!?! THen why are they making it?!?!
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10:36AM on 02/07/2011

I was thinking the other day how

there are really no great Goonie like movies for this generation. Maybe this will be it. The trailer was pretty cool, but ill nevr count out Abrams and spielberg, you just cant.
there are really no great Goonie like movies for this generation. Maybe this will be it. The trailer was pretty cool, but ill nevr count out Abrams and spielberg, you just cant.
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10:24AM on 02/07/2011

Truffle Shuffle

As a fan weaned on the classic Spielberg films of the 80's (including the many classics he produced), I am totally stoked for this movie. I love that the story is something that both Abrams and Spielberg can relate to, filming no-budget movies in their backyards with rinky-dink cameras, and what would happen if they caught something epic on those cameras by accident. What a great concept for a film! Can't wait.
As a fan weaned on the classic Spielberg films of the 80's (including the many classics he produced), I am totally stoked for this movie. I love that the story is something that both Abrams and Spielberg can relate to, filming no-budget movies in their backyards with rinky-dink cameras, and what would happen if they caught something epic on those cameras by accident. What a great concept for a film! Can't wait.
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10:17AM on 02/07/2011
Hoping it kicks ass and ends up being something totally different from what everyone is speculating.
Hoping it kicks ass and ends up being something totally different from what everyone is speculating.
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10:14AM on 02/07/2011
Between the teaser and the trailer I got two completely different vibes. Now it looks kinda E.T.-ish which isn't bad, but I was sorta hoping for a mysterious rampaging alien in rural America action flick.
Between the teaser and the trailer I got two completely different vibes. Now it looks kinda E.T.-ish which isn't bad, but I was sorta hoping for a mysterious rampaging alien in rural America action flick.
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10:39AM on 02/07/2011
Cloverfield in...Kansas?
Cloverfield in...Kansas?
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10:00AM on 02/07/2011
I thought the preview during the Super Bowl looked great, reminded me very much of Goonies and Monster Squad and I am looking forward to this movie, more so than Thor and Captain America.
I thought the preview during the Super Bowl looked great, reminded me very much of Goonies and Monster Squad and I am looking forward to this movie, more so than Thor and Captain America.
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