Now, word comes that (surprise, surprise) Neville Page — the designer responsible for the monsters in J.J. Abrams’ previous viral-marketed movie, Cloverfield — has been tapped to design the “the range, the gamut” of Super 8, whatever that means.
In the past few years, Page has helped create some of Hollywood’s most successful genre films, including Avatar, Watchmen, the recently-released Pirahna 3D, and Tron: Legacy, due in theaters December 17, 2010.
In reference to Super 8, page told Wired:
“My background, quite frankly, is more Tron than it is creature. The process of invention of a helmet or a creature — it’s the same stuff, it’s just different subject matter, really.”
Watch Page talk all things Tron, Cloverfield, and even his failed attempt to get James Cameron to film a cameo for Pirahna 3D:
Honestly, I didn’t love Cloverfield, but if there was one thing that bothered me above all else, it was the reveal of the least threatening monster in movie history (i.e. the gigantic Rancor knock-off known as ‘Clover’ (below)).
Indeed, Cloverfield was at its best when showing only vague glimpses of the horrifying monster as it attempted to consume our protagonists (Jaws-style). The film was at its worst when showing the entire, badly-rendered, creature in broad daylight (The Mummy Returns-style) – as it did near the film’s end.
Fortunately, J.J. Abrams is helming Super 8 himself rather than simply producing (as he did with Cloverfield). If nothing else, the effects are bound to have a stronger financial backing.
Super 8 is expected to follow a group of children who inadvertently catch footage of an alien life-form on amateur 8mm film. From the trailer:
“In 1979, the U.S. Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All the materials were to be a transported to a secure facility in Ohio.”
While many people are still hopeful the alien life-form will be in some way connected to Cloverfield, Abrams has repeatedly denied such a connection.
Super 8 is set to be released sometime next year.