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Spielberg and Abrams Team on Super 8 At Paramount

Photo of Anne Thompson 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:
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

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.

This article is related to: Directors, Studios, In Production, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.