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Borys Kit sets the Super 8 record straight! Bad Robot/Amblin team-up, Abrams directing, Summer 2011 release and more!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I usually don't copy and paste from the trades, but this story from THR's Heat Vision Blog run by Borys Kit (he shares the byline with Ace Fernandez on this one) will be an exception. Some of it's because Kit has been shown the Super 8 trailer and the piece reads less newsy and more like something you'd find here. Or maybe that's just my own giddy excitement at the possibility of Abrams making an honest to God Amblin film. Here's THR's story, but make sure to click here at least once so you make the link-Gods happy.
What if Stephen King and J.K. Rowling brainstormed an idea together? Just how big would the potential audience be? Cosmic. Well, moviemaking heavyweights J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg began collaborating on a hush-hush project a year ago called "Super 8" that they concocted from discussions of their own early filmmaking experiences. Despite Bad Robot's Cheney-level secrecy, bits and pieces about the project (some right, some wrong) started bubbling up last week. Well, I saw the teaser trailer last night, and here's what I can finally tell you: Abrams has written the original script and will direct the film this fall for a summer 2011 release through Paramount, where Bad Robot resides. Spielberg is producing the project, which will be in the $45 million-$50 million range. It has nothing to do with "Cloverfield" and will be shot traditionally (i.e. not hand-held). It's potentially a huge movie for Paramount, despite its midrange budget, which is why it's got a slot during Paramount's already crowded 2011 summer slate. The studio will have to fit it in with "Thor," "Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom," "Transformers 3," "First Avenger: Captain America" and the Abrams-produced "Mission: Impossible IV." And "Star Trek 2" isn't expected until June 29, 2012, with an as-yet-unfinished screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, so Abrams could still direct that after "Super 8" if he chose (which, technically, he hasn't yet). But on to the trailer. It's 90 seconds long and plays out with utter simplicity. I'll leave it to others to ruin the surprises for the multitudes flocking to see it run in front of "Iron Man 2's" midnight screenings tonight (the trailer is not actually attached to the "IM2" reels, though they are locked away together in combo-locked canisters as they're delivered this morning to theaters at 8 a.m.). But it's straightforward, effective and very, very enticing. Abrams shot it independently of the actual film shoot about a month ago, and the Bad Robot team cut together the teaser while putting together his new NBC series "Undercovers" and the trailer for their November release "Morning Glory" over the past month. In terms of tweaking audience appetite for absolutely having to see the movie, Abrams and Spielberg are masters. This quick, visceral and creepy tease of "Super 8" certainly does the trick. What it doesn't let anyone in on is the plot of the movie or the rest of the context that we had heard actually generated the idea. Namely, 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. Now, despite all our requests, Abrams and camp have refused to confirm anything about the plot. Abrams has said he doesn't want to comment on this -- he'd rather maintain the mystery and let the images speak for themselves. Fair enough, and certainly expected. So take all these plot descriptions you're reading around the web with a giant heap of salt. But the project is being produced by Amblin along with Bad Robot. So if you can imagine the supernatural styles of current BR and early '80s Spielberg combined, you should have a pretty good idea of where all this is going. Bad Robot's first feature project, "Cloverfield," was rolled out in a similarly out-of-nowhere fashion, its teaser also filmed and cut together independent of the movie shoot. That teaser was thrown on the front of "Transformers" when it hit theaters in the summer of 2007. That monster movie ultimately grossed $168 million worldwide for Paramount when it opened in January 2008. But again, "Super 8" has nothing to do with "Cloverfield." And "Super 8" is a solo J.J. Abrams movie, something we've never seen before and something sure to play much bigger. For added pleasure, if you want to get an explanation from Abrams himself about why he handles his creative life with such passionate protectiveness, check out this TED speech he gave two years ago about the Mystery Box. As for "Super 8," we're all gonna have to wait another year until that mysterious train pulls into the station.
So, officially not Cloverfield 2, officially shot like a real movie and not the shaky cam bullshit, officially released next summer and confirmed that this is a collaboration between Abrams and Spielberg aimed at being an early '80s Amblin film. Fuck. Yes. Congrats and curses to Drew McWeeny at HitFix for uncovering Super 8 in the first place. Congrats for the solid legwork and curses for ruining the surprise! We ran a brief description of the trailer here and there were bits and bobs that popped up online, most of which was untrue, but stated as fact. That can be frustrating, but then again that's kind of the fun of this shroud of secrecy that Abrams loves so much. Now the crazy storm of the last 48 hours can be put to rest a bit. I'm damned excited to see the trailer, hopefully tonight as I settle in for the Iron Man/Iron Man 2 double-bill at the Alamo. Thoughts? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • May 6, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    First.

    by Money Daniels

    Farrrrrt... to this news.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    As long as it's not "Goonies 2"

    by Beezbo

  • May 6, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    My interest has dropped a notch...

    by quicksilver80

    I wanted Cloverfield...but let's see what they cook up

  • May 6, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Loved Amblin's early stuff...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ...but JJ Abrams sure ain't Joe Dante or Robert Zemeckis (or at least the pre-CG Robert Zemeckis).

  • May 6, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Cool, cool

    by Jaka

    Definitely very interested. Summer 2011 is looking mighty fine, too.

  • He said a) A sequel to Cloverfield <P>b) Not directed by Abrams and c) not the collaboration between Abrams and Spielberg <P> WOW..no wonder no one visits Hitflix....really I am just joking.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    unapologetic JJ lover here.

    by soup74

    hater be hatin'... thats fine. maybe you even have a point...<br><br>but i do love me some JJ Abrams. to me, everything the guy does, success or fail, is dipped in 'cool' sauce.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    ...So either its gonna be

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...A bad fun movie like Trek or a good fun movie like Cloverfield or MI3... just dont put anythin lost related in it and i wont bitch about this fake self contained universe

  • May 6, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    so its going to be a movie about a kid and his monster?

    by ominus

    only the difference will be that the kid will be replaced by a teen since thats what our modern times demand.<br />its what i suppose would have come out from an amblin/bad robot combination.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    But really, I hope the movie is scary/monster movie type

    by moorE12

    And not like E.T. with kids befriending an alien and shit. I want something serious.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    J.J. and Nolan

    by Judge Briggs

    Have yet to fuck up! It has my money!

  • May 6, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    ...Also i hate period movies

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...As a eighties baby, i dont wanna see a story set before 1984 unless it involves swords (but not gay swords like rapiers)

  • May 6, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Abrams has always had that 1980's sensibility about him

    by terry1978

    His stuff has always has that weird, yet real world vibe that the Spielbergos and Donners and Zemeckiseseses did back then, only more updated for the current day.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Leave after the teaser!!

    by Sagart1994

    By the sounds of things, it's a lot more interesting than IM2, which is this year's BIG disappointment.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Enough of this crap...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Three separate articles. There is such a thing as over-egging the pudding. This project is already boring and over-hyped, much like Crap-Ass and all other Jar Jar Abram's tat all heavily shilled by AICN. Wake me up fall 2011 when it's all over, snooozzzeeee....

  • May 6, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    ...If its a kid and his monster movie

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...It should be bad, like a bad bully kid wit a evil carnivore and murderous monster... now that would be original (i think)

  • May 6, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave...

    by soup74

    you dont want to hear hype about a spielberg/abrams project, so you're going to sleep for a year?<br><br>i guess thats one way to do it.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    It's like White Castle burgers . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . covered in Skyline Chili!!! Sorry, that King/Rowling analogy just seemed so damn unnecessary . . .

  • May 6, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    wow this film is already oversaturated in less than 48 hours..

    by Six Demon Bag

    better be good..

  • May 6, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . just wait til the viral scavenger hunt puzzle decoder ring shit starts arriving . . .

  • May 6, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    oooh decoder rings!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 6, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Nice to have something original and new in the mix

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    "Thor," "Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom," "Transformers 3," "First Avenger: Captain America" and the Abrams-produced "Mission: Impossible IV." And "Star Trek 2"- Man, not a NEW or original ideal in the bunch! I am glad JJ is making something fresh and new. Also, I am not sure I would call a 90 second trailer for a movie that hasn't been made and comes out in a year "out of the blue". It simply a teaser. The way they used to do it back in the 70s and 80's.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    How many posts does AICN need to sort this shit out?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    1...2...3... ?

  • May 6, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    ...Screw decoders ring!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Tell me that the rabbits foot from mi3 is from the other dimension in fringe where their dharma initiative created it, after felicity and the couple from undercovers drank some slusho that spock prime gave em... did i miss anythin?

  • May 6, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Jaws and Close Encounters shot on super8?

    by Gordak

    I hope in 1979 Spielberg was using something better than a super 8 camera.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    This is more like the AICN

    by ufoclub1977

    stuff I want to see. more uncontrolled speculation about a possibly cool movie... like back when Phantom Menace was gonna come out.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's a sidequel to ET

    by rev_skarekroe

    Only in this one ET is pissed and out for revenge.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    It's not a remake?

    by SmokingRobot

    Fine, I'll go.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    "Congrats for the solid legwork..."

    by kayleefan

    Google + a phone call does not equal Woodward and Bernstein

  • May 6, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Add me to the list

    by shran

    of people who think that all the complaining about "shaky cam" are for the most part either a bunch of band-wagon jumpers or truly the type of wussies that get car sick on long trips and avoid rolly coasties in the same manner they do personal hygiene.

  • May 6, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    5 threads in 24 hrs for JJ's new teaser trailer.<p> AND I THOUGHT YOU SHILLED FOR HIM ON STAR TREK??!!

  • May 6, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    So we have to put up with 1yr

    by umbral_shadow_

    of speculative stories about this shit? Abrams is the master of hype and all these pussy sites are playing into his hands. I've no doubt this will be underwhelming as hell but we'll all go see it because the titbits he'll throw out will sound promising. Fuck Abrams!

  • May 6, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Another story on this? Jeez.

    by D.Vader

  • May 6, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    JJ Abrams directing and Stephen Speilberg doing something unspecified (a consultant of some sort?)... is like Stephen King and JK Rowling collaborating????<p> What. The. Fuck?<p> So JJ Abrams is now this elite 'best of the best' movie director?<p> CLOVERFIELD? ahahhahahahhahah<p> MI:3? Hhahahahahahaha<p> Aicn. Take your nose out of JJ's ass and smell the coffee.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    What would be a BETTER story, Quint, is this...

    by D.Vader

    IS this the same project reported last week? Abrams' tribute to Spielberg or whatever? Or is this totally different? That's infinitely more interesting than whether or not this is a Cloverfield 2 sequel, which was debunked yesterday or the day before.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Its Blow Up with Aliens!

    by D.Vader

    Damnit I always wanted to do that!

  • Yeah, I will ALWAYS remind you of that, Quint, that YOU posted the story and ruined the surprise for us who read AICN. That just wasn't cool dude. I know you didn't want to be the only pple not to report on it, but come on.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Abrams throwing us a trail of breadcrumbs for a year

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Same schtick every time, and geeks never learn. There will be a viral website with 'clues'. Articles leaked to AICN with disinformation. Pop ups. Puzzles and riddles. Absolute smoke and mirrors crap - and all for a transparent and underwhelming end product forgotten 10 minutes afterit has ended. Abrams is the diet coke of filmmakers. Low calorie garbage. A fraud.<p>It's a lion! It's huge! It's Voltron! It's Chthulu! No - it's rich dicks versus a crappy monster with long arms!

  • May 6, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Return to 80's Spielberg

    by enderandrew

    Like ET, Poltergeist, Close Encounters, Jaws, etc? Anyone who remotely claims to be a film geek better be lining up to see this?

  • May 6, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Abrams is bringing the magic of trailers back

    by SithMenace

    Not only is he doing an early 80's Amblin/Spielberg type film, but he tried to keep the reveal of the film the same as the pre-internet days. I swear there's gonna be nothing but good things from this guy, because he certainly has a love of genre films.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Don't be a hungry duck to Jar Jar's bread trail!!

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Don't swallow the crumbs!

  • May 6, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield and JJ Abrams

    by enderandrew

    JJ's buddy made Cloverfield. JJ stamped his name on it to get it funded. Just like JJ helped pitch a pilot for Lost, but really hasn't had anything to do with it after the pilot. JJ should be judged on Alias (very good until the network screwed with it), MI:3 (arguably the best of the trilogy), and Star Trek (surprisingly good). He isn't perfect. He did write that awful Superman script. But JJ does have a legit track record to this point. Why all the hate? He did overdue the lens flares on Star Trek, but he gets that, and brings it up himself. I can't see him repeat that mistake.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Shaky-cam and millisecond edits...

    by Jaka

    ...are tricks. They hide things. They're used to make a running chase scene seem more "real", or to make it appear as though an actor actually knows how to fight (quick edit as each punch or kick "lands"). That's my complaint about them, especially when they're overused. If anybody has ever actually gotten nauseous while watching a movie with shaky cam they should probably see a doctor regarding the state of their brain tumor and/or epilepsy.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai - He did not make Cloverfield

    by Mr. Profit

    He has directed MI3 and Star Trek and what is widely considered to be the best directed episode of TV with the LOST Pilot.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    ...Mr prophet

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Best episode of lost? have you seen any Desmond centric episode?

  • May 6, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Turd = AsimovLives

    by quicksilver80

    or roommates at least...

  • May 6, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield sucked!

    by MobileAccess

    so I'm taking all the hype surrounding this Super 8 with a grain of salt. Plus Spielberg's involvement means shit after Crystal Skull.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    MobileAccess

    by enderandrew

    Spielberg pushed for practical effects over CGI in many places on Indy IV. The concept was stupid, and Lucas came up with the story. The execution wasn't really to blame. At moments, Indy IV was a lot of fun.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by shran

    I would submit that a lot of things in films (most of them, actually) are put there visually to hide things. For the most part it's all an illusion anyway. I want the the chase scene to seem more real. I don't want to be reminded that the actors in the fight scene probably couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag. With a particular style such as the simulated hand held camera thing in Cloverfield or Blair Witch, it gives a sense of immediacy and a view of the "created" reality that makes the viewer feel like they are "out of control" of the situation on the screen thereby heightening the sense of immersion and tension. Film is an art form and sometimes techniques work and sometimes they don't. But I don't fault the artist for giving it a shot.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The monster is

    by Abominable Snowcone

    a human centipede, with each "link" wearing a silver helmet with flames painted on.

  • May 6, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    stepdaddy

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Jesus, you're making me feel old when you describe a story set in 1979 as a period piece. But I suppose it would be.

  • May 6, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I'll give Abrams credit

    by skycrapper

    He can get peoples attention...now weather or not he delivers is another thing all together. We're looking at you now Cruse and Lindelof, don't blow Lost.

  • May 6, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Would be nice if it was a darker, R-rated film

    by Decado2

    Seems like there is a slight possibility of that since Paramount's slate at that time of the year is stocked with PG and PG-13 features.

  • May 6, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Spielberg didn't screw up Indy 4, Lucas did

    by SithMenace

    Most films Spielberg has done without Lucas in the last 20 years are miles ahead of the one he did with Lucas 2 years ago, so I refuse to judge the quality of his work on that one collaboration.

  • May 6, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "What if Stephen King and J.K. Rowling brainstormed an idea together? Just how big would the potential audience be?<p> Cosmic.<p> Well, moviemaking heavyweights J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg began collaborating on a hush-hush project a year ago..."<p> THAT'S what I take exception to. JJ directed MI:3 and STAR TREK (two commercially astute but vacuous 'products' imho) and now he's a movie making heavyweight in the same league as Speilberg????<p> Have we set the bar that low? Really?

  • May 6, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I think I know what this film is....

    by emeraldboy

    many years the berg had in development a film about a kid who keeps an alien as a pet in the basement. the alien gets hungrier and hungrier and bigger and bigger. to the point where the kid cant hide the alien anymore and the military gets involved.

  • May 6, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Re snowcombe

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...Like i said in another tb a while ago, "im suprised you old fucks know how to use the interwebs" -yourSTEPDADDY... dont mean it in a offensive way, just good to see people gettin wit the technology... also i wish i grew up in the seventies... weed and unprotected sex? god i wish that was still applicable

  • May 6, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Nonsense, Spielberg was the main culprit in the IJKCS fiasco

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Everything objectionable about that movie - the contrived comedy, family tone, vine swinging, monkeys, gophers, etc. - came from Spielberg. This is all on record. Lucas was in fact responsible for the few decent parts of that movie - the 50's inspired set pieces and all the action/adventure aspects, which if approached in kick-ass ToD fashion would have been cool. <p>Spielberg's genre work in the last ten years, nay post JP era, has been crap; Ep. 3 was far better than train wrecks like WoW, The Lost World and Minority Report. So I could well believe that Spielberg was the true foul up on Indy 4. Not that I have to make such leaps of logic - read the making of the Indy saga book published 2 years to learn the truth.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    by Beejus

    You make it sound as like every Indy film was a believable epic. No. They are hark backs to Saturday morning adventures with whips, swinging from shit and getting the girl. get off your fucking high horse and accept that these iconical films aren't rooted in reality and that they are fantastical. If Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had come out 25 years ago then you'd be jizzing yourselves over it. Elitist pissflaps.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Just remember people

    by Gidney

    Spielberg is the one that edited the guns out of ET in favor of radios. In Hollywood, "social consciousness" really means "boring shit." That said, if it was his comments that fixed the ending of Paranormal Activity then good on him.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    The "blame" for Indy IV depends upon what you did or did not lik

    by rev_skarekroe

    If it's the family stuff, the jokes, the cgi monkeys and gophers, it's Spielberg. If it's nuked fridges and aliens and giant waterfalls it's Lucas. At least they didn't use the fanfic Darabont script.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Beejus

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Did Raiders or Doom have any family comedy, sanitised violence or a light hearted tone to them? No - they were balls to the wall serial action adventures. Until Spielberg started to soften the character with the family oriented and silly Last Crusade, which was a needless apology for the visceral, dark and brilliant ToD. Crystal Skull further proceeded down this path to the point where Indy is now a showcase for farce and Spielberg's family dynamic nonsense. If Skull came out 25 years ago I would have loathed it equally - in fact, more so, because Spielberg's output was without peer back then. It would have been like the early 80's young and hungry Spielberg was temporarily captured by aliens and replaced with his lazy hack grandfather - which is an image he veers close to far too often these days.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 is better than most of the shit released these days.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • May 6, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    @shran - I agree with all of that, sometimes

    by Jaka

    I think the "tricks of the trade" can be very easily overused and often are these days. Some (most, maybe) of the best chase scenes in cinema come from before a time when shaky cam as we know it today had been invented. The best fight scenes, I think unarguably, have been done in Asian cinema by people who are well trained, working through a series of painstakingly choreographed moves. There was a time when the next level below that was when actors and actresses took the time to actually learn the fighting moves/styles and/or choreography so they could perform the stunts themselves. Today, imo, this is rarely happening. It's become more about the illusion - the shaky cam, quick edit, cg, special effect, stand-in - than the craft of actors working together with a director to make a beautiful flowing piece of cinema. I understand the way movies are made has changed, I'm not against that. I'm just reaching a saturation point on how the illusions are being used to cover up weaknesses and inadequacies instead of improve the work they did. It's not something that used to bother me, or that I even noticed. But I notice it now, a lot. <P>Kinda off topic and people will probably throw hate for me even bringing it up. But it's one of the things I liked about Avatar. Most of the movie is one big giant effect, but it was all clear and visible, stretched out in front of you for you to pick apart at your leisure. Cameron didn't hide anything.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    "What if Stephen King and J.K. Rowling brainstormed an idea toge

    by Amy Chasing

    In all honesty, it probably would make serious money while not being seriously good.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Sounds like this book I'm reading

    by HEMOCKSTHELAWGIVER

    ". . . the possibility that a group of kids in 1979 are playing around making movies with their Super 8 cameras...and accidentally capture something ... sinister, on film." This might be of interest. I'm reading a dark fantasy novel. Its cover blurb and the review by Library Journal use phrasing similar to your Abramns description. (Though it's regular-8mm in the book, not super-8mm). It's about an old, seemingly lost movie from the 1950's (called Dark Carnival) haunted by a visual curse, and its effect on two kids in summer, 1977. Herter apparently got Bradbury's blessing on it. "From acclaimed author David Herter, a new novel in the tradition of Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and Tim Powers's LAST CALL.... Halloween, 1931. The metropolis of Grenton. On the ruined canals, a clock tolls midnight. Willis H. O’Brien, the father of stop motion animation, seeks the base elements of a new animation. And Henri Mordaunt, the undying Phantasmagoria magician, will soon provide them. An uncanny bargain is struck, leading to betrayal and dire retribution, and an act of cinematic alchemy that echoes down the history of fantastic film. Halloween, 1977. For thirteen-year-old Will and his best friend Jim — amateur animators and Famous Monsters of Filmland fanatics — summer darkens into mysterious autumn, with a black balloon prowling the skies of their suburban neighborhood, and supernatural images haunting the frames of their latest 8 mm epic, heralding doom. Everything leads to the edge of Grenton’s ruined canals, and the faded cinema palace where STAR WARS has been showing non-stop since late May, a gateway into the mysteries of Grenton’s past, and to a secret history playing out on either side of the silver screen...." “In October Dark, so-called movie magic is real, the special effects masters are its practitioners, and it's the only thing protecting the world from unspeakable evil. Amateur filmmakers Will Travers, 13, and his best friend, Jim, capture something on a roll of Super-8. Their search for answers leads them to a reclusive model maker and a battle against dark forces. Filled with nostalgia triggers for baby boomers and Gen Xers alike, with an original story and the liberally dropped names of a pantheon of horror moviemakers, OCTOBER DARK is a delight.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL (Red Star) “Herter excels at creating a truly spooky, Halloween-worthy atmosphere that Bradbury fans, among others, will relish.” —BOOKLIST “Herter, like the stop-motion magicians of history, has brought a monster of imagination to life. October Dark is brilliant.” —Jeffrey Ford, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author http://tinyurl.com/33974ou

  • May 6, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Sounds like this book I'm reading

    by HEMOCKSTHELAWGIVER

    ". . . the possibility that a group of kids in 1979 are playing around making movies with their Super 8 cameras...and accidentally capture something ... sinister, on film." <p> This might be of interest. I'm reading a dark fantasy novel. Its cover blurb and the review by Library Journal use phrasing similar to your Abramns description. (Though it's regular-8mm in the book, not super-8mm).<p> It's about an old, seemingly lost movie from the 1950's (called Dark Carnival) haunted by a visual curse, and its effect on two kids in summer, 1977. <p> Herter apparently got Bradbury's blessing on it. <p> "From acclaimed author David Herter, a new novel in the tradition of Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and Tim Powers's LAST CALL....<p> Halloween, 1931. The metropolis of Grenton. On the ruined canals, a clock tolls midnight. Willis H. O’Brien, the father of stop motion animation, seeks the base elements of a new animation. And Henri Mordaunt, the undying Phantasmagoria magician, will soon provide them. An uncanny bargain is struck, leading to betrayal and dire retribution, and an act of cinematic alchemy that echoes down the history of fantastic film. <p> Halloween, 1977. For thirteen-year-old Will and his best friend Jim — amateur animators and Famous Monsters of Filmland fanatics — summer darkens into mysterious autumn, with a black balloon prowling the skies of their suburban neighborhood, and supernatural images haunting the frames of their latest 8 mm epic, heralding doom. Everything leads to the edge of Grenton’s ruined canals, and the faded cinema palace where STAR WARS has been showing non-stop since late May, a gateway into the mysteries of Grenton’s past, and to a secret history playing out on either side of the silver screen...." <p> “In October Dark, so-called movie magic is real, the special effects masters are its practitioners, and it's the only thing protecting the world from unspeakable evil. Amateur filmmakers Will Travers, 13, and his best friend, Jim, capture something on a roll of Super-8. Their search for answers leads them to a reclusive model maker and a battle against dark forces. Filled with nostalgia triggers for baby boomers and Gen Xers alike, with an original story and the liberally dropped names of a pantheon of horror moviemakers, OCTOBER DARK is a delight.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL (Red Star) <p> “Herter excels at creating a truly spooky, Halloween-worthy atmosphere that Bradbury fans, among others, will relish.” —BOOKLIST <p> “Herter, like the stop-motion magicians of history, has brought a monster of imagination to life. October Dark is brilliant.” —Jeffrey Ford, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author <p> http://tinyurl.com/33974ou

  • May 6, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Hardly going to be like 1980s Speilberg is it

    by brodiebruce_405

    What a load of advertising bs. Fuck you.

  • May 6, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Stereotypical Evil Archer RE: Indy 4

    by slone13

    I concur

  • May 6, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    It's Ok...

    by blhotz

    Personally, I hate stuff set in the past especially pre-internet but will see pretty much anything Abrams is part of... check spoilertv.com if you want to see trailer - they always have stuff there asap ;)

  • May 7, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Was Not much of a tease

    by YouCantBanThePhoenix

    I need to be wowed to be impressed.

  • May 7, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Fantastic 4 x 2 = Super 8

    by estacado1

    Another super hero movie.

  • May 7, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    First image of the Super 8 monster! http://tinyurl.com/2a28yyo

    by Orionsangels

  • May 7, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Super 8 page decoded: http://bit.ly/bDfIOO

    by danielsemper

    There is an official webpage for super 8: super8-movie.com And I have managed to decode the message inside the swf file.

  • May 7, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    With any luck

    by Fortunesfool

    Spielberg will explain the basics of film-making to Abrams and we'll get something vaguely watchable. Not holding my breath though.

  • May 7, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    unapologetic JJ and Spielberg lover here.

    by CuervoJones

    Feel me love, bitch.

  • May 7, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    trailer here- http://bit.ly/cE0QU7

    by Maniaq

    IT'S NOT A LION!

  • May 7, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    found the trailer!!!!!!!!

    by Acid_Frio

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NECsrx7VC3I&feature=player_embedded

  • May 7, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    So now there's 4 talkbacks dedicated to JJ Abrams?

    by AsimovLives

    Abramanito truly owns the asses of AICN. He is AICN's master, and everybody here are his ass-slaves. Pathetic! Aint It A Bitch!

  • May 7, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Not the brightest bulb

    by shran

    Although I don’t know much about how that box car door works, but if you were able to turn the handle from the inside wouldn’t that forgo the need to bash the hell out of the door in order to get out? Stupid monster.