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J.J. Abrams to direct and collaborate on next film with Steven Spielberg

04.28.2010

J.J. Abrams has decided to play homage in his next film to director Steven Spielberg.

While the script is still being finished up, it's said to be much like earlier Spielberg films of the 70's and early 80's. Abrams also plans to direct the film himself. He will start sometime early this fall for Paramount. The guy is a mad genius, but he's also got a lot of other things on his plate as well: ending LOST, overseeing FRINGE, producing MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4, and another film with Rachel McAdams & Harrison Ford titled MORNING GLORY.

The details on the plot are of course a secret, as if you would expect any different from Abrams. In that early Spielbergian way, there's rumor the project will deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are faced against the extraordinarily fantastic. Abrams is currently in discussions with Spielberg as a possible executive producer or adviser for the film.

Abrams' film does have a title, but is being kept under wraps for "maximum marketing impact", much like CLOVERFIELD. However, this film will not have shaky cam. It is going to be a low budget movie and will cost somewhere around $25 million to make. One source calls it the "Anti-AVATAR" saying, "Not that [J.J.] doesn’t love that movie or special effects movies - he has a real facility for effects. But he really wants to make this, and the way to do that is to be fiscally responsible."

I say, onward! Let the J.J. Abrams film homage to Spielberg begin!

Extra Tidbit: In that picture, Abrams could easily be mistaken as Spielberg's son.
Source: Vulture

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8:31PM on 05/01/2010
As much as I want to see Star Trek 2, I really love the idea of more original films from Abrams.
As much as I want to see Star Trek 2, I really love the idea of more original films from Abrams.
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11:32AM on 04/29/2010
I'm pretty positive Abrams hasn't had one thing to do with LOST since season 1.. it's Lindelof and Cuse running the show over there.

I like everything Abrams has done so far.. and I like it a lot.. so I'm stoked for this.
I'm pretty positive Abrams hasn't had one thing to do with LOST since season 1.. it's Lindelof and Cuse running the show over there.

I like everything Abrams has done so far.. and I like it a lot.. so I'm stoked for this.
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9:39AM on 04/29/2010
Stoked.
Stoked.
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7:53AM on 04/29/2010
It's cosmic that their noses are the same.
It's cosmic that their noses are the same.
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5:10AM on 04/29/2010

Jar Jar? A genius?

Sure the guy is a machine when it comes to ideas but he's not very good at stringing them together or making them coherent. "Star Trek" was fine, a good romp but it hardly makes JJ a genius. Who knows, maybe he'll get his shit together one day and become the most celebrated writer/director since Preston Sturges. Until then he's just another gun for hire.
Sure the guy is a machine when it comes to ideas but he's not very good at stringing them together or making them coherent. "Star Trek" was fine, a good romp but it hardly makes JJ a genius. Who knows, maybe he'll get his shit together one day and become the most celebrated writer/director since Preston Sturges. Until then he's just another gun for hire.
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11:24AM on 04/29/2010
I would agree with all except calling him a "gun for hire." This guy seems to take seriously the projects he does, often writting and producing as well, or in the case of "Cloverfield," helping out an old friend from "Felicity" days. I think the man is an auteur, but I don't think he's poven himself to be a genius yet.
I would agree with all except calling him a "gun for hire." This guy seems to take seriously the projects he does, often writting and producing as well, or in the case of "Cloverfield," helping out an old friend from "Felicity" days. I think the man is an auteur, but I don't think he's poven himself to be a genius yet.
3:54AM on 04/29/2010
If there is ever a movie made about Ira Glass, JJ Abrams needs to play him.
If there is ever a movie made about Ira Glass, JJ Abrams needs to play him.
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2:14AM on 04/29/2010

Awesome combo...

Spielberg and JJ, now that's one crazily awesome combination of genius. Both men have an instinct for visual impact, and both men know how to make their movies look good while backed by a heavy story.
Spielberg and JJ, now that's one crazily awesome combination of genius. Both men have an instinct for visual impact, and both men know how to make their movies look good while backed by a heavy story.
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11:41PM on 04/28/2010
Your clone is ready Master Spielberg.
Your clone is ready Master Spielberg.
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11:00PM on 04/28/2010
it's the second coming of Speilberg!
it's the second coming of Speilberg!
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10:46PM on 04/28/2010

just one thing

While it does look like JJ Abrams has a lot on his plate, most of which sounds good and I am kind of shamed to hear that his next project is not going to be Star Trek 2, let's just clear up that as of right now he's only a producer in name only for Lost. He has absolutely nothing to do with the writing or making of that show anymore, it's all Lindelof and Cuse baby!
While it does look like JJ Abrams has a lot on his plate, most of which sounds good and I am kind of shamed to hear that his next project is not going to be Star Trek 2, let's just clear up that as of right now he's only a producer in name only for Lost. He has absolutely nothing to do with the writing or making of that show anymore, it's all Lindelof and Cuse baby!
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9:15PM on 04/28/2010

Father and Son?

They look like they're related. After Star Trek... I will see anything JJ Abrams directs.
They look like they're related. After Star Trek... I will see anything JJ Abrams directs.
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9:13PM on 04/28/2010
Rock on! Spielberg is king. And with JJ with him, I have high hopes.
Rock on! Spielberg is king. And with JJ with him, I have high hopes.
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8:59PM on 04/28/2010

Alright...

but they better be writing and preparing Star Trek 2 while he makes this.
but they better be writing and preparing Star Trek 2 while he makes this.
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8:50PM on 04/28/2010
abrams is a fucking spielberg clone.
anyways. hopefully this is like a test.
few can do what SS has done. He has made every type of genre and has succeeded and advanced film-making almost every time.
abrams is a fucking spielberg clone.
anyways. hopefully this is like a test.
few can do what SS has done. He has made every type of genre and has succeeded and advanced film-making almost every time.
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8:20PM on 04/28/2010
If Abrams made a movie about how fish tanks were made I'd see it.
If Abrams made a movie about how fish tanks were made I'd see it.
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8:11PM on 04/28/2010
I don't really think all this is really necessary because Star Trek felt like a Spielberg flick already. But if he insists, go right ahead son.
I don't really think all this is really necessary because Star Trek felt like a Spielberg flick already. But if he insists, go right ahead son.
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