JJ Abrams has written and is directing an homage to Spielberg and the sci-fi films he grew up with in the 70s and early 80s... centered around real, relatable characters in extraordinary circumstances (something he certainly has a knack for). The film is being produced by Spielberg's pet studio, Amblin, but word is he is more than just a financial backer. According to slashfilm, here's what we know so far:
-It is not a Cloverfield sequel or prequel.
-It is written and directed by JJ Abrams.
-Yes, produced by Steven Spielberg, along with Bryan Burk and Abrams
-It will be released in 2011 as an Amblin Entertainment (not Dreamworks) release (Paramount Pictures Distributing, Bad Robot Producing)
-This will be an homage/tribute to Spielberg’s 1970’s/1980’s Amblin films, like Close Encounters of a Third Kind and E.T. Imagine combining that with the characters, mystery and supernatural spin of Abrams.
-And it takes place in the late 1979.
-I’ve seen the trailer and it really does feel like a Spielberg film from the Amblin-era, but at the same time you can also see Abrams fingerprints.
-The trailer was shot independently of the film a month ago, and the special effects were done under the cover of Abrams new NBC series Undercovers
-Variety says the film will begin principal photography in Fall 2010.
-The film’s actual budget is in the range of $45 million-$50 million.
-It will be shot traditionally, and not through a handheld Super 8 Camera ala Cloverfield.
-It will be released in Summer 2011. The release date could be May 27, 2011. I say this because Paramount, just today, pushed Mission Impossible 4 out of that date, and back to December, leaving the slot open.
-HeatVision says that actual movie has something to do with “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.” This certainly gels with Vulture’s original theory on the trailer.
You can find all the links, references, and more info at the article here:http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/05/06/...uper-8-so-far/
The teaser is attached to Iron Man 2, or you can find it on youtube easily enough. I cannot wait for this!
UPDATE: The viral for this project has already started, check out this breakdown:http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/05/07/...-viral-begins/