JJ Abrams finally breaks his silence on Super 8
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 Iíve talked about the movie with anybody that wasnít working on it,Ē an antsy Abrams describes the film as "an adventure about a small town and itís funny, itís sweet, itís scary and thereís 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? ĒYes weíve got Stevenís name on it and my name on it ó for what thatís worth ó but weíve got no famous superhero, weíve got no pre-existing franchise or sequel, itís not starring anyone youíve heard of before. 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. 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.