J.J. Abrams’ next film? A throwback to early Spielberg

By Staff

J.J. Abrams will pay stylistic homage to cinema wunderkind Steven Spielberg in his next movie which is expected to be a nod to the director’s ‘70s and ‘80s work.

Spielberg is expected to also be on board as an executive producer or advisor capacity. Much like Abrams did with his production “Cloverfield,” the plot is under wraps but Vulture divulges that the film will deal with “everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown against extraordinary events” a la “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T.” and Spielberg’s first feature “The Sugarland Express.”

An insider tells Vulture, “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’s kind of the anti-Avatar,” says another unnamed source to Vulture, “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.”

As Abrams ramps up to direct this project, he’s finishing ABC’s “Lost,” overseeing Fox’s “Fringe,” launching NBC’s “Undercovers” and producing “Mission: Impossible 4” and a new Harrison Ford-Rachel McAdams comedy “Morning Glory” at Paramount.

At one point in 2005, Abrams was attached to another Spielberg-inspired project “The Good Sailor” which is based on a true account of a middle-schooler’s obsession with “Jaws.”

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