Some of the mystery surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 faded yesterday with the debut of the Super Bowl TV spot and an interview with the writer-director himself.
“To me, all people need to know is that it’s an adventure about a small town and it’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s scary and there’s a mystery: What is this thing that has escaped? What are the ramifications of its presence? And what is the effect on people? But I know that’s not enough,” Abrams tells Hero Complex. “Look, I feel we need a little bit of a coming-out party because we are up against massive franchises and brands and most people don’t know what Super 8 means. We’re a complete anomaly in a summer of huge films … and we don’t want to be so silent or coy that people don’t care or don’t hear about it.”
So what do we know about Super 8? Abrams, co-creator of Lost and Fringe, producer of Cloverfield and director Star Trek, acknowledges that it’s a throwback to ’80s movies like E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies — Steven Spielberg produced Super 8 — and Stand by Me. For something a little more concrete, let’s turn to this description:
The Paramount Pictures release is set in Ohio in 1979 and introduces a troupe of six youngsters who are using a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One fateful night, their project takes them to a lonely stretch of rural railroad tracks and, as the camera rolls, calamity strikes — a truck collides with an oncoming locomotive and a hellacious derailment fills the night with screaming metal and raining fire. Then something emerges from the wreckage, something decidedly inhuman.
The movie, which opens on June 10, stars Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Ron Edlard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso and Zach Mills.
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