Abrams on SUPER 8: “It’s not CLOVERFIELD 2″

Clark Lamson

by: Clark Lamson
May 6th, 2010

Nerds across the interwebs were crushed late last night when news hit that the secret trailer appearing in front of IRON MAN 2, once shrouded in mystery, was suddenly unshrouded, only to reveal that it was not a trailer for CLOVERFIELD 2.

Don’t worry, Abrams fan boys. It’s still pretty cool. Our friends over at /Film have provided us with some very cool (non-spoiler) details on what we do know so far:

“I can confirm that it is not a Cloverfield sequel or prequel.

It is written and directed by JJ Abrams.

Yes, produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment (not Dreamworks).

And it takes place in the late 1979.”

Now! For the juicy details! After the break, we have a more in-depth look straight from the mouth of someone who has seen the footage firsthand. BE WARNED! The following will hold spoilers! 1, 2, 3 and JUMP!

“The trailer lasts about one minute and a half.

It begins with the Green MPAA screen, followed by the Paramount Pictures logo. No Bad Robot at the header.

A train rushes by the screen. We notice that it has lots of cargo.

Text comes on the screen: ‘In 1979, The U.S. Air Force Closed A Section of AREA 51.’

We see the railroad crossing light blinking and ringing as the camera pans up we see some sort of light moving in the background. What is it? A UFO?

More Text: ‘All The Materials Were To Be Transported To A Secure Facility In Ohio.’

No, it appears to be the headlights of a yellow 1970’s truck, which skids in a 180 degree motion, and suddenly pulls onto the tracks.

Point of view of the truck heading into the light.

Black screen and white text: ‘From Producer Steve Spielberg’

We see the truck explode as it hits the train.

Then…the cargo train is heading towards the car explosion – BAM. It is wrecked, thrown from the tracks like a wild snake. The flaming metal body flipping towards the camera. Cars flying through the air. It is INTENSE.

Another black screen and the text: ‘And Director JJ Abrams’

The camera really slowly moves in on the wrecked pieces of the train, most of which is now just scrap metal. At least one car remains intact.

Black screen, white test: ‘Next Summer’

We see some sparks.

Black screen, white text: ‘It Arrives’

We pull up on one of the train cars with a US Airforce logo. The wheel on the door begins to spin out of control as we pull in closer. The wall of the door begins to bend like some huge force is punching it from the inside.

Cut to one second of a close up of an 8mm camera lens.

Cut to black. White text: ‘Super 8′

The credits at the end were pretty bare.

Paramount Pictures Presents, An Amblin Entertainment/Bad Robot Production

‘Super 8′

Produced By Steve Spielberg JJ Abrams Bryan Burk

Written and Directed by JJ Abrams

And the bottom featured the Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures Logo.

It definitely feels like a late 1970’s Spielberg film, think Close Encounters of a Third Kind. I’m excited to see what the actual movie is.”

Definitely interesting. And in true Abrams style, the trailer will probably tell us little to nothing about the actual events of the movie. Mysterious is Abrams’ style and I like it. For those of you who don’t know, the Super 8 was one of the first home cameras available to the public.

Might this be an ETish “unsuspecting folk get caught up in alien mischief” flick? Only time will tell. As the credits read, SUPER 8 is hitting theaters “Next Summer.” Be there.

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