'Trek' Captain J.J. Abrams Revisits Youth In 'Super 8'

J.J. Abrams at the 'Star Trek' world premiere J.J. Abrams at the 'Star Trek' world premiere

J.J. Abrams is making good use of his boyhood apprenticeship making super-8 movies.

The director of 2009’s “Star Trek” and creator of TV’s “Lost” revisits his childhood with this summer’s “Super 8,” about a band of kids shooting a monster movie who end up documenting a train wreck that unleashes an alien force.

The movie is the most autobiographical he has worked on, Abrams said in an interview at CinemaCon, a Las Vegas convention for theater owners where he showed off footage Monday night.

The youths in “Super 8” are doing exactly what the 44-year-old Abrams was doing three decades ago, when he was obsessed with making his own horror films and monster flicks. Abrams said it was uncanny and surreal re-creating those experiences for a big Hollywood movie.

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