If there's no official start date on Star Trek 2, and J.J. Abrams is too busy working to do more than produce Mission: Impossible 4, what exactly is he doing? Well, Vulture thinks they have the answer. According to their top secret and anonymous sources, Abrams is teaming up with Steven Spielberg on a project that is, well, completely mysterious.

Abrams penned the script himself, and it's apparently "a tribute to and a collaboration with Steven Spielberg." At this point, it's not known whether Spielberg will produce the film, or whether he's a consultant. "J.J. wants to make sure Steven is properly paid homage to," says Vulture's source. "This is really an interpretation of some of Spielberg's earlier films, but done in a personal way."
The films being cited are those of Spielberg's glory days -- Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. -- and Abrams' "interpretation" is said to deal with ordinary people who find themselves and their relationships tested when faced with magical, extraordinary events. And yes, it may have aliens. It could be quite awesome.

Both DreamWorks and Paramount deny all knowledge of the project. It doesn't have a start date, its title is being kept secret for Cloverfieldish purposes, and it will be rather low budget. This may be one of the only things you hear about it. So there's nothing more to wonder about except whether Abrams lives his entire life in secret. Does he just vanish, and then you find out he was at the gym or the grocery store? Does he ever reply directly to his email, or do you get an anonymous reply from a weird Hotmail account? It boggles the mind.

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