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J.J. Abrams NOT bringing “Super 8” footage to Comic Con? We’ll believe it when we see it

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There’s going to be a lot of talk this week about the stars, directors, screenwriters and fans who ARE making the trek to San Diego for Comic Con. Angelina Jolie will be in the infamous Hall H on Thursday to help promote “Salt.” Sly Stallone is walking the red carpet later that afternoon for all things “Expendable.”

This little news item — if it can be trusted — pertains to an anticipated film that will not be making a presentation to a captivated audience.

“Super 8,” the alien-in-a-railroad-car thriller that marks a collaboration between geek Gods Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, seems like the type of project that would benefit from a song-and-dance routine during Comic Con. But a poster to the San Francisco Chronicle’s City Bright’s blog states that “Super 8” will not be represented during the multi-day promotional fest.

“There’s nothing to show except the trailer, or more to the point, there’s nothing Steven Speilberg and J.J. Abrams want you to see,” says Zennie 62.

How do they know? Is this another ruse, a misdirection from Abrams’ personal playbook? Anything is possible. Especially because the poster misspells Spielberg’s name. Oy.

Truthfully, I think a veil of mystery only helps build the buzz for a project like “Super 8,” and showing too much of this film only lessens its eventual impact. It’s Spielberg and Abrams with aliens. How much more “sizzle” do you need? They should go into radio silence until opening week, then just unroll the film and blow the doors off the opening week box office. But that’s not how the game is played.

Right now, “Super 8” will not be at Comic Con. I’m betting this is bogus news, and Abrams will surprise the fans with new footage. Why? Because he’s already scheduled to attend a panel with Joss Whedon on July 22, which will be moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen.

Would Abrams travel to San Diego without a little “Super 8” tease? Unlikely. But we’ll see. The movie is scheduled to reach theaters next summer.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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