J.J. Abrams finally pops the lid off his collaboration with Spielberg via Hero Complex's Geoff Boucher. If Abrams' resume wasn't cause enough for Super excitement (exec producer-creator-writer of Lost, producer-director of Star Trek, writer-director of M:I 3), herewith we list seven reasons to be excited about Super 8 (June 10):
1. It speaks to filmmakers, young and old.
"Super 8 takes its name from the Eastman Kodak film format that became a sensation with amateur movie-makers in the late 1960s and represented a rite of passage for several generations of aspiring directors, among them Spielberg and Abrams."
2. It's sci-fi monster fun:
"...set in Ohio in 1979 and introduces a troupe of six youngsters who are using a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One fateful night, their project takes them to a lonely stretch of rural railroad tracks and, as the camera rolls, calamity strikes — a truck collides with an oncoming locomotive and a hellacious derailment fills the night with screaming metal and raining fire. Then something emerges from the wreckage, something decidedly inhuman."
3. It's a multi-genre:
Acccording to Abrams, the film is in
"...the hardest genre to define…because you could say — and be right — that it’s a science fiction movie; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a love story; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a comedy; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a special-effects spectacle. That sort of cocktail is for me what I love about movies…that was the beginnings of this movie coming together."
4. It's a hybrid:
5. It echoes E.T.:
Producer Spielberg liked the hybrid concept, because it "has a similar backbeat approach to heartache. The film begins with a small-town factory death that is very much of the real world." Adds Abrams, "“This is a movie about overcoming loss and finding your way again and finding your own voice. A boy whose lost his mother and the man whose lost his wife. There’s this father who, because of the era, never really had to be the parent. He’s a good man, he works hard, he’s a deputy in the town, but he’s never stepped up as father.”
6. Abrams is keeping it old school:
"While contemporary peers such as Iron Man director Jon Favreau reach out to fans, bloggers and journalists throughout the filmmaking process for a thoroughly transparent view, Abrams longs for the muscle-car days of 1979 when movies had far more mystique."
7. It's not based on anything-- just ideas:
And Abrams is nervous; "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 super-hero, 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.”