With a sea of summer blockbusters set to wash over us in just a few short months, there's something undeniably refreshing about "Super 8," a project we know, well, pretty much nothing about, save for the involvement of mega producer Steven Spielberg and red hot director J.J. Abrams.
But is too much secrecy a bad thing? I argued that it might be after I viewed "Inception" completely cold for the first time, and according to a new interview with Abrams, perhaps he feels the same way. In a lengthy interview with The Los Angeles Times, Abrams finally pulled the curtain back on "Super 8," revealing specific plot details for the very first time.
If you don't want to know more beyond what little is already out there, be warned – mild spoilers exist past the jump!
The Los Angeles Times reports that "Super 8," which takes place in Ohio in 1979, focuses on a group of six children who are shooting their own zombie movie with a Super 8 camera. The kids accidentally film a horrific train wreck (the same one you've seen in the official trailer and last night's teaserific Super Bowl spot), unleashing a "decidedly inhuman" something from the train and into the depths of small town Americana.
At the core of the story are a young boy and his father, both of whom are mourning the loss of the matriarch of their family. “This is a movie about overcoming loss and finding your way again and finding your own voice,” said the filmmaker. “A boy whose lost his mother and the man whose lost his wife. There’s this father who, because of the era, never really had to be the parent. He’s a good man, he works hard, he’s a deputy in the town, but he’s never stepped up as father.”
According to Abrams, "Super 8" initially began as two separate projects: one film was a simple coming-of-age story about kids who discover their world through a Super 8 camera, while the other focused on the rules and regulations of Area 51 and related facilities. The first film had a fully-fleshed set of characters while the second only had a strong premise, so Abrams decided to merge the two into the "Super 8" we'll soon see in theaters.
“As the process went along I realized I had the potential makings of my favorite sort of movie, which is the one that is the hardest genre to define,” Abrams said of the film. “That because you could say — and be right — that it’s a science fiction movie; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a love story; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a comedy; or you could say — and be right — that it’s a special-effects spectacle. That sort of cocktail is for me what I love about movies…that was the beginnings of this movie coming together.”
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