J.J. Abrams on 'Super 8,' the next 'Trek' and his favorite Con
J.J. Abrams, right, directs the cast of "Super 8."
November 22nd, 2011
01:53 PM ET

J.J. Abrams on 'Super 8,' the next 'Trek' and his favorite Con

J.J. Abrams may have made his name in television with series like "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe," but he's had a succession of hits on the big screen. He delivered the most recent this past summer with the coming-of-age sci-fi film "Super 8," just released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Abrams told CNN that this was his most personal movie to date. "It was definitely very familiar to me as a kid growing up in that time making those movies," he said of the story, about a group of filmmakers in their early teens. "I loved the magic trick of moviemaking, the expression of it, whether it’s makeup or visual effects. There was something about doing it that felt like real life sort of paled in comparison."

Abrams considers himself "lucky" to have found such a talented young cast – including Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning – because they made the characters believable.

[More, including the latest on the next "Star Trek," the new series "Alcatraz," and Abrams geeks out, after the jump.]

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    April 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Tony Montana

    J.J ...get working on cloverfield 2 already...stop wasting time !

    November 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  3. Brett

    Very sad that his deepest, most personal thoughts are no more than watered-down 70's Spielberg. Very profound there Mr. Abrams.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Brett

      Oh, and I forgot, with added lens flare.

      November 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • robb

        lol well said

        November 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  4. Bob

    This isn't news. This is an advertisement for the Super 8 DVD. I hope it was worth it, CNN.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
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  5. Ed

    Super 8 was the best summer movie hands down.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Pete

    "Abrams considers himself "lucky" to have found such a talented young cast – including Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning – because they made the characters believable."

    Yeah, multimillion-dollar studios tend to be able to find and attract talent. Pretty surprising, huh?

    November 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Aaron

      Like Abram has great taste in films but I found Super 8 to be some boring Disney film. Was very Disappointed.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  7. Jason Glugla

    Super 8 stunk.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Mystic American

      Better than the movies you've made. . .

      November 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • Jason Glugla

        That was a brilliant comment.

        November 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • VeeZee

      Better than any of the comments you made.

      November 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • VeeZee

        That was for Jasons' reply to M.A.

        November 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Bucklee

      What terribly insightful commentary.

      November 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm |