In news that will have M. Night Shyamalan saying, "Hey, guys, didn't I try to do that a few times?", J.J. Abrams is reportedly planning to direct a new film being sold as a nod to as Spielberg's '75-'82 catalog of everyday-people-in-a-fantastic-situation hits:
Vulture has learned that J.J. Abrams has picked his next movie, and it’s both a tribute to and a collaboration with Steven Spielberg. An insider tells us that Abrams is just now finishing a script described as “a tip of the hat to [Spielberg’s] movies of the 70’s and early 80’s.” We’re also told that Abrams plans to “roll up his sleeves and direct the script himself” by early this fall...
...like Spielberg’s Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T., the project will deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic - and possibly other-worldly - events.
Nice to hear someone's returning to the lower budget, less effects-heavy sci-films of the past. But at the same time, too bad the description had to list Close Encounters, Jaws, and E.T. in a row like that. Now, in addition to a J.J. Abrams-directed tribute, if the guys at a certain cable channel read the article we're also probably going to get another tribute in the form of the SyFy original film Alien Shark.