J.J. Abrams Will Next Pay Tribute & Collaborate with Spielberg

April 28, 2010
Source: Vulture

J.J. Abrams & Steven Spielberg

Since rocking most of our worlds with last years Star Trek franchise reboot, we've all been waiting to hear what J.J. Abrams will take on as his next project. We know he won't be taking on Mission Impossible 4, but interestingly it looks like his next project may end up being a simultaneous tribute to and collaboration with another big name director who just can't seem to choose his next project either: Steven Spielberg. Vulture reports that Abrams is just now finishing a screenplay described as "a tip of the hat to [Spielberg's] movies of the 70's and early 80's," and Abrams plans to direct the movie himself for Paramount Pictures.

Like any other Abrams project, details on the plot are being kept under wraps, but like many of Spielberg's most iconic films including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T., the project will "deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic, and possibly other-worldly, events." Abrams has already been talking with Spielberg about the project and aside from being a source of inspiration for the flick, he'll also be involved in some capacity (e.g. an executive producer or adviser). Their sources say: "J.J. wants to make sure Steven is properly paid homage to. This is really an interpretation of some of Spielberg's earlier films, but done in a personal way."

It sounds like Abrams is going to make the same movie that many of use who grew up with Spielberg's work have always wanted to make. Much like the Abrams produced Cloverfield, the film is keeping its title under wraps for maximal marketing impact and will also be a fairly low budget venture for a studio movie. Just to be safe, take this news with a grain of salt since both Paramount and DreamWorks denied existence of the project (would we expect anything else?), but since Vulture has been notoriously reliable recently, I'd expect to hear something on this project sooner than later. We'll let you know if we hear anything else! Thoughts?

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  • johnny
    They look like father and son
  • mouse
  • Jay
    I never realized how similar they look.. glasses and all. Strange.
  • jake the snake
    I guess this means Cloverfield 2 is ways off.
  • roke
    Awesome.. This is what we need. He keeps doing all the right things. Make me want to see a movie multiple times. Reinvigorate the magic in movies that inspired directors like him to make movies. Awesome.. Awesome.. Awesome..
  • That would be like splitting atoms. Awesome atoms.
  • Cody w
    "and possibly other-worldly, events."...everytime I hear something like that I hope for a cthulu monster can dream O yes one can dream.
  • Voice of Reason
    I dont even know what the hell this means or what to look forward to. I dont want homages, I want pure originality, new thoughts, ideas, concepts and motivations. JJ makes solid flicks but I dont want to see "Brown-Nose: The Movie"
  • SlashBeast
    Wow, they really do look alike.
  • leinergroove
    haha, they look alike indeed! That was the first thing I thought when I saw the pic. Several comments in order: 1. Steven Spielberg: "No J.J.... I AM your father" 2. J.J. "dad, could you give me some pointers for my new Star Trek movie?" 3. "Spielbergs, party of two... table 9!"
  • Angry Chief
    Abrams has a really good TED talk. Just saying.




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