According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, J.J. Abrams is now finishing a script on a film that is a tribute to as well as a collaboration with Stephen Spielberg.
The script is described as “a tip of the hat to [Spielberg’s] movies of the 70’s and early 80’s,” and Abrams supposedly will “roll up his sleeves and direct the script himself” for Paramount this fall.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the movie is supposed to deal with normal people whose personal relationships are tested when “fantastic or other-worldly events” occur.
Abrams is also supposed to be in discussions with Spielberg, who will be involved in some way with the film; as an advisor, perhaps, or as executive producer. “J.J. wants to make sure Steven is properly paid homage to,” said a source. “This is really an interpretation of some of Spielberg’s earlier films, but done in a personal way.”
The script has a name, which will be kept secret for maximal marketing impact, and the movie will be low-budget for a studio movie.”
Paramount and DreamWorks spokespersons denied any knowledge of the new project.