JJ Abrams is ready to dish some details on his next Paramount Pictures film, Super 8, with a teaser trailer that will play in front of Iron Man 2 this weekend. That trailer will answer some questions about Super 8, which has been the subject of a lot of internet speculation lately. Today, Paramount officially announced it will start production this fall, and hit theaters next summer. Abrams wrote the script and will direct and produce under his and Bryan Burk’s Bad Robot label, as well as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin banner.
I’m told the trailer begins with a pickup truck that veers onto a train track, heading directly for a locomotive. The legend appears: “In 1979, the US Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All the materials were to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio.” The truck hits the train, there is a tremendous explosion destroying the vehicle and the train. The camera focuses on one train car that wasn’t destroyed. A heavy pounding is heard from inside.
The film is a personal passion project for Abrams, an homage to the films he loved as a teen. It will be shot for $45 million which puts Super 8 in league with the Bad Robot-produced Cloverfield. But it is not a sequel to that film as has been speculated. Abrams will shoot this in traditional style, not hand-held. He’ll then go to work on the Star Trek sequel, which is dated for a Summer 2012 release.