Super 8 Trailer A Cloverfield Prequel? Not So Fast, Says Abrams

J.J. Abrams Cloverfield Super 8 Iron Man 2Yesterday, we reported that sources close to J.J. Abrams’ new project, “Super 8”, were saying it would be a “Cloverfield” prequel. J.J. himself took those sources to task, smacked them in the head with his rising star, and then squatted over their bruised faces and shat into their mouths. At least, that’s how we like to see it going down.

Vulture is now saying Abrams has repudiated those claims, stating in no uncertain terms that “Super 8” is most definitely certainly absolutely without a doubt not related to “Cloverfield”.

Yesterday, reliable sources told Vulture that Super 8 — J.J. Abrams’s top-secret new movie whose clandestine trailer…hits theaters this weekend attached to Iron Man 2 — is “absolutely connected to 2008’s Cloverfield,” though it’s not explicitly a sequel….At last night’s 2010 Time 100 Gala at the Time Warner Center, though, a cagey Abrams insisted otherwise.

“You have to check [out the trailer],” he told us. “But it has nothing whatsoever to do withCloverfield, despite your expert reporting.” So what does it have to do with? “I won’t be able to tell you until it’s done,” he said. So to clarify: Super 8 — another virally marketed Abrams-produced movie featuring otherworldly creatures captured on film by amateur cinematographers — will be totally unconnected to Cloverfield.

Whatever “Super 8” is about, the fact it’s on everybody’s lips only proves Abrams has us in his other-worldly grip. This is all working out according to your godlike plan, isn’t it, J.J.? Well played, Abrams, well played.