In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, director J.J Abrams reveals some juicy plot detals about his new film Super 8.
The LA Times reports that Super 8 focuses on a group of six kids from Ohio who are shooting their own Zombie movie on a Super 8 camera. The kids accidentally film a train wreck, which released something inhuman into the a small Ohio town.
One of the main storylines in the film is about a young boy and his father who are mourning the loss of their wife and mother.
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“This is a movie about overcoming loss and finding your way again and finding your own voice,” Abrams told the newspaper. “A boy whose lost his mother and the man whose lost his wife. There’s this father who, because of the era, never really had to be the parent. He’s a good man, he works hard, he’s a deputy in the town, but he’s never stepped up as father.”
According to the filmmaker, Super 8 started out as two separate projects - one was a coming-of-age story that dealt with a group of kids finding out about life through a Super 8 camera. Paramount had also brought more of a sci-fi idea to Abrams; one that looked the 1970s scrutiny of Area 51 and the way the government handled the situation.
Abrams decided to merge the two ideas into one.
"I was in possession of two halves and it occurred to me after six months or so to put them together.”
Abrams also admits working with such a young cast presents some unique challenges.
"It was a little bit like being a parent where you kind of have to herd this group,” Abrams said. “They were all incredibly distinct and just amazing to work with. Two of the main kids had never been on the set of anything before."
Super 8 is set to hit theaters on June 10, 2011.