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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/
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Thanks for the info. This thread should be good for some interesting discussion and speculation soon...

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I graduated from high school in '79, so I hope JJ did his homework because that was a funky time and could fall into Cliche City or worse if not properly researched.

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saw the trailer last night before Iron Man 2. Found out that a truck could never do that to a train as a gentleman two rows up loudly explained

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saw the trailer last night before Iron Man 2. Found out that a truck could never do that to a train as a gentleman two rows up loudly explained

The joys of the commercial cinema.

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'Twas a cool trailer!
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Has great promise. I did not enjoy "Cloverfield," primarily because of the ultra-shaky camera work (yes, I understand that was the gimmick...)

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Has great promise. I did not enjoy "Cloverfield," primarily because of the ultra-shaky camera work (yes, I understand that was the gimmick...)

Oddly, it didn't bother me as much some of the other flicks that have used it...

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I thought it also had a very late 70's-80's feel to the trailer... I am excited to see it!

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Teaser now out officially and in HD:
http://aintitcool.com/node/45042

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Looks pretty cool. The cut to the closeup of the train made me jump. Certainly Close Encounters is alluded to.

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definitley will be keeping an eye on this one.

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http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/05/14/...viral-details/

Some cool stuff in there, check it out for those who are interested..
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I love how they do this..... A lot of thought goes into this type of campaign. Loved what they did with Cloverfield and this is no exception. Can't wait!

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JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon were the two speakers at EW's "Visionaries" panel @ Comic-Con today. During that panel JJ spoke about this film's beginnings, his interactions with Spielberg, and there was even a funny moment when he confirmed that this film will NOT be in 3D. Check out the transcript here:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/07/23/...is-of-super-8/

You can watch the whole panel starting with part 1 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slg8VtZ0wiw
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For those following the viral campaign with this film, there was some @ comic con

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/07/26/...ith-popsicles/
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The main cast has been announced (more or less)

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/24/...j-abrams-cast/

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Briefly: The cast of Super 8 has been revealed quickly over the past week, as the film just started shooting. AJ Michalka (The Lovely Bones) said today that she is among the cast.

Also cast are Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning along with Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.

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Very odd that they would create a trailer like that months before a single frame from the actual film was shot.

Vimeo is the home of the Super8 Shooter...
http://vimeo.com/super8shooter
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The Super Bowl TV spot was awesome! You can definitely feel the Abrams\\Spielberg collaboration:

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Looks like another good film. We definitely have some good films coming out soon.

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For some reason, I thought this had already been released..

"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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like unlimited ammunition in some movies, hopefully the kid will reload his super 8 camera and not have us believe he captured more than five minutes with one cartridge.

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More eye candy; it's got my intrest.


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I like Abrams...but this movie is looking like a throwback to the type of things I didn't like about 80's movies. The 80s is when Spielberg both lost his sense of edge while at the same time his style became a fairly dominant theme of the 80's. That is: Lots of movies that were trying to be all things but not succeeding particularly at any of them. The spielbergian tone was "Scary..but don't worry not too scary, the kids can come" ....which translates into "not actually scary." And "sci-fi but don't worry it's actually a love story, or from the point of view of a child, so don't worry the kids or your girlfriend will enjoy it too." Which translates into diluted sci-fi. Etc. Etc.

Super 8 looks like one of these movies. "Thrills" that aren't likely to be scary, action that isn't too tough or hard edged, sci-fi but with a family and child like element so don't worry, nothing too challenging or sophisticated." Basically watered down at every corner.

Essentially, an association with Spielberg has often resulted in "watered down for the masses."

That's why, despite that I HOPE I like the movie the previews and interviews with Abrams suggest disappointment waiting in the wings.

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Spielberg produced some amazing as hell 80s movies R.
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I like Abrams...but this movie is looking like a throwback to the type of things I didn't like about 80's movies. The 80s is when Spielberg both lost his sense of edge while at the same time his style became a fairly dominant theme of the 80's. That is: Lots of movies that were trying to be all things but not succeeding particularly at any of them. The spielbergian tone was "Scary..but don't worry not too scary, the kids can come" ....which translates into "not actually scary." And "sci-fi but don't worry it's actually a love story, or from the point of view of a child, so don't worry the kids or your girlfriend will enjoy it too." Which translates into diluted sci-fi. Etc. Etc.

Super 8 looks like one of these movies. "Thrills" that aren't likely to be scary, action that isn't too tough or hard edged, sci-fi but with a family and child like element so don't worry, nothing too challenging or sophisticated." Basically watered down at every corner.

Essentially, an association with Spielberg has often resulted in "watered down for the masses."

That's why, despite that I HOPE I like the movie the previews and interviews with Abrams suggest disappointment waiting in the wings.

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It's syrup that I'll proudly eat. It's syrup that is more sweet and natural than most movies of today, that's for sure.

If we are talking about his "directed" films, he directed Poltergeist (one of the greatest PG horror films ever), and The Goonies. Anyone who doesn't like The Goonies or Poltergeist has no business talking to me, ever. My brain will just unconsciously question these people's humanity for life, and therefor, my communication with them will be restricted almost instantly. Additionally, Spielberg has balls to put cannabis references (ESPECIALLY Poltergeist ) in both of those "PG" family movies by the way — which takes balls, for a good cause, and I respect him even more for. These movies are FAR from being "watered" down. What about what he produced in the 80s?:

Back to the Future II, Back to the Future, Land Before Time (cry), Amazing Stories (awesome), An American Tail (great), ET (great), Twilight Zone: The Movie (good), and Used Cars (classic)?

Sounds like you're not giving this movie a chance, and I'd say you guys are completely wrong about the Spielberg not being good in the 80s. Indiana Jones in itself, was made "for the masses."
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It's syrup I'll proudly eat. It's syrup that is more sweet and natural than most movies of today, that's for sure.

If we are talking about his "Directed" films, he directed Poltergeist (one of the greatest PG horror films ever), and The Goonies. Anyone who doesn't like The Goonies or Poltergeist has no business talking to me, ever. What about what he produced in the 80s?:

Poltergeist, Goonies (and Gremlins) are THE prime examples of what I was talking about. It's when everything went wrong with "scary" movies.

Anyone who would describe any of those movies as scary, let alone "horror"
has no business talking to me about scary or horror movies.
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Who said they were trying to be scary movies? You know what they say about expectations....

Seriously, who is not going to like The Goonies? Seriously. I almost feel like a terrible person because the first I've seen this was when I was 25.

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