The drip drip drip of the secret JJ Abrams project continues. Today comes more details on Super 8, which has a teaser trailer showing with Iron Man 2 this weekend. It is now confirmed that Super 8 is a collaboration between JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg. More details below, including a description of the trailer.
JJ and Steven to Super 8 in 2011
On a few occasions in 2010 Abrams had discussed he was writing a new film he hoped to direct in 2010. Today the trades are confirming that this new film is a collaboration between Abrams and Steven Spielberg titled Super 8. This film is not related to Cloverfield, but is an original idea written by Abrams. JJ Abrams is also producing along with his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk and with Spielberg. Super 8 will premiere in the summer of 2011. Variety reports production starts this fall with a budget of $45 – $50 million.
As for plot, Variety says "it is inspired by Abrams’ favorite movies growing up, including some of Spielberg’s. The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision Blog notes that the Abrams team is not confirming any plot details, but offers this:
What [the teaser trailer] doesn’t let anyone in on is the plot of the movie or the rest of the context that we had heard actually generated the idea. Namely, the possibility that a group of kids in 1979 are playing around making movies with their Super 8 cameras (as Abrams and Spielberg did as kids) and accidentally capture something … sinister, on film.
The teaser trailer for Super 8 is attached to Iron Man 2, which opens at midnight movies tonight (Thursday). Abrams is reported to have directed the teaser trailer. This seems to be similar to Star Trek, where Abrams directs a teaser before production on the film starts. So, like with Star Trek, the footage seen in the Super 8 teaser may not end up in the final movie.
And if you want to get even more spoiled, the guys at SlashFilm have posted a leaked teaser trailer.
A train rushes by the screen. We notice that it has lots of cargo.
Text comes on the screen: “In 1979, The U.S. Air Force Closed A Section of AREA 51.”
We see the railroad crossing light blinking and ringing as the camera pans up we see some sort of light moving in the background. What is it? A UFO?
More Text: “All The Materials Were To Be Transported To A Secure Facility In Ohio.”
No, it appears to be the headlights of a yellow 1970’s truck, which skids in a 180 degree motion, and suddenly pulls onto the tracks.
Point of view of the truck heading into the light.
Black screen and white text: “From Producer Steve Spielberg”
[read the rest at slashfilm.com]
Mission 4 moved
In addition to announcing Super 8 for Summer 2011, Paramount has also moved the release date for Mission: Impossible:IV from Memorial Day weekend 2011 to December 6th, 2011. MI4 is being produced by JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise (who also stars). Abrams has yet to announce his pick for director.
What does this mean for Star Trek Sequel?
Abrams has previously told TrekMovie that if he were to direct the Star Trek sequel, he would want to direct something different in between the two Star Trek films. Super 8 fills that bill. In order to deliver the Star Trek sequel in time for the June 29, 2012 release date, producers JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk can start rolling cameras rolling as late as the Summer of 2012. That means both Super 8 and the Star Trek sequel can be made without any overlap in production, but there would be overlap with pre-production on the Star Trek sequel and post-production on Super 8.
Abrams is used to juggling multiple film and TV projects (just like Steven Spielberg) so it is still possible for Abrams to choose to direct the Star Trek sequel. The trade articles on Super 8 also come to the same conclusion that the Star Trek sequel production will follow Super 8, with THR noting Abrams is "expected" to direct both.