By now you’ve probably all heard the buzz that one of the previews before Iron Man 2 is a super secret project by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Cloverfield) titled Super 8. The preview runs a quick 1:37 and is of course both very vague and very intriguing. Ya gotta hand it to Abrams; he’s part P.T. Barnum and part William Castle!! This man knows how to promote a film (that isn’t even made yet) and knows how to really test our patience.
Here’s the trailer:
Immediately news outlets were clambering to get the scoop, and as a result I think a lot of half-baked theories were thrown around. NME.com reported on May 5, 2010 that “A ‘secret’ trailer is set to unveil a follow-up to J J Abrams monster movie Cloverfield in the US. The hush-hush project – titled Super 8 – is thought to be a prequel.” They then go on to quote the New Yorker Magazine blog: “The clip shows a bunch of kids who are shooting a movie with a Super 8 camera in the 70s or 80s. When they develop the film, they notice that there’s an alien creature in the frame.” Well I’ve included the trailer below and you’ll clearly see that there’s nothing even remotely in the trailer that fits this above description. But it is interesting that at the end of Cloverfield we see grainy footage of something falling out the sky and into the ocean way in the background. Hhmmm; interesting. Bottom line is that whether its true or not, everyone seems to want Super 8 to be either a prequel or sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield.
The very next day, May 6, 2010, screenrant.com clears the air a little more about the Super 8 trailer. In their interview with Abrams screenrant.com reports what the “project isn’t going to be: a prequel or sequel to Cloverfield”. Abrams says it pretty clear himself that Super 8 “has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield.” That’s a pretty blatant statement. But let’s face it, Abrams could very well be fucking with us. If you haven’t watched it yet, view the trailer now so I don’t spoil anything for you. That last shot of whatever’s inside the train car trying to break out could very well be a “young” Cloverfield creature. I don’t know; I’m just speculating. All I’m saying is that I wouldn’t put it past Abrams to fuck with us a little bit. I mean the film isn’t even finished and it’s not gonna be released until Summer 2011.
And now theplaylistnation blog reports that there’s a hidden picture towards the end of the trailer (at the 1:23 mark). The image is the face of a young kid looking into a camera. So this does kinda support that first article about the trailer being about some kids shooting a film. Goddamn Abrams is fucking brilliant. I don’t think for a second that every step and every second of this promo campaign hasn’t been completely planned out.
The only thing that makes me hesitant is the involvement of Steven Spielberg, but I’m officially gonna go on record as saying that I think Super 8 IS going to end up being the prequel to Cloverfield.
Time will tell and I’ll definitely be following this project and let you know as I find out more info.