J.J. Abrams unveils his most personal film with 'Super 8,' in which he takes us back to his own geeky boyhood love of monsters, things blowing up and the magic of making movies.

Like many of us, Abrams grew up with films like 'Close Encounters' and there are definitely Spielbergian echoes in 'Super 8,' partly for the simple reason that Steven Spielberg himself produced. But Abrams insists he's doing more than an homage to those classic films of the '70s and '80s.

If anything, Abrams says that 'Super 8' is a "weird autobiography" about his days as a model-building, disaster-movie-loving, explosive-wielding kid. He talked to Moviefone about finding the right kids for the job, how 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' fits in, the 'Star Trek' sequel and whether 'Cloverfield 2' is happening.