By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2010 at 8:00AM
The puzzling part of Steven Spielberg producing director J.J. Abrams' Super 8 is that Spielberg is still not happy with Paramount. But he's willing to produce this movie with Abrams' Bad Robot, even though it will go through that studio deal. The two men dreamed up the homage to their Super 8 filmmaking youth together, so that is how it goes. Abrams' Super 8 trailer will run in front of Iron Man 2, starting tonight; MTV and Vulture have more details, while The Playlist describes the trailer:
It starts off with a shot of an open field. This is middle America, for sure. The text then pops up that says in 1979, the government decided to move the contents of Area 51, the famous Nevada air force base that's supposedly home to a whole host of otherworldly artifacts, including the crashed space saucer from Roswell, New Mexico (It's also where the abysmal opening set piece of "Indiana Jones: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" was staged).
We cut back to the action, which has a very "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"-vibe, with a vintage pickup truck racing down a railroad track. (Truth be told, it also looks very J.J. Abrams-y, with lens flairs galore and his patented, slightly slick hand held camerawork. There's also a really cool shot from underneath the truck as it rumbles towards the train.) Is the truck being driven by a drunk driver? Or is it a deliberate act of sabotage? These are the things we're left to ponder."
The IFC blog rounds up other directors' top-secret projects.