Fans of J.J. Abrams’ have been waiting for news as to when he will be stepping behind the camera again. Since directing Star Trek Abrams has been busy producing Lost, Fringe and decided to produce Mission Impossible 4 instead of direct. Zoe Saldana recent said that Star Trek 2 could begin filming in January/February, and while Abrams hasn’t officially signed on to direct it is expected (and hoped) that he does.
In the meantime however, Abrams may make a small movie with Steven Spielberg.
Vulture has learned that J.J. Abrams has picked his next movie, and it’s both a tribute to and a collaboration with Steven Spielberg. An insider tells us that Abrams is just now finishing a script described as “a tip of the hat to [Spielberg’s] movies of the seventies and early eighties.” We’re also told that Abrams plans to “roll up his sleeves and direct the script himself” by early this fall for Paramount Pictures, where he’s based.
Plot details are top secret — as if there’s any other kind of plot detail in Abramsland — but we’re told that like Spielberg’s 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.
Our sources tell us that Abrams is in discussions with Spielberg, and insist the DreamWorks co-founder will be involved in some capacity, whether as an executive producer or at least as an adviser, since “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.”
We’re told Abrams’s script does have a name, but like the Abrams-produced 2008 monster movie Cloverfield, the title is being kept under wraps for maximal marketing impact. It will also have a low budget for a studio movie, just like Cloverfield, which cost around $25 million. “It’s kind of the anti-Avatar,” explained one source, “not that [J.J.] doesn’t love that movie or special effects movies — he has a real facility for effects. But he really wants to make this, and the way to do that is to be fiscally responsible.”
I don’t really have an opinion on the movie yet as we know nothing about it, but a Abrams/Spielberg collaboration is something I’d be very interested in seeing. One is the master of sci-fi, and the other is potentially one in the making, so expectations will be high.
It all seems to be top secret at the moment, but if J.J Abrams does intend to film later this year then we should be hearing more details about it in the near future.