February 7, 2011 by Paul Curtin
It’s been 9 months since the first and only trailer for J.J. Abrams’ mystery movie “Super 8” debuted during the opening trailers of Iron Man 2, and little has been announced regarding any details about the film since. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Abrams shared his thoughts on going up against some of the biggest blockbusters ever at the 2011 summer box office and revealed a lot of new information about the film in order to help it start generating some buzz:
“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. 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.”
“Super 8″ takes its name from the Eastman Kodak film format that became a sensation with amateur movie-makers in the late 1960s and represented a rite of passage for several generations of aspiring directors, among them Spielberg and Abrams. 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
In addition to Abrams giving a ton of details in the L.A. Times interview, a 30-second trailer was shown during one of the Super Bowl XLV commercial breaks which you can check out below.