During Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries panel at the San Diego Comic-Con Thursday afternoon, writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams briefly discussed the origins of his upcoming project, Super-8. The film marks his first official collaboration with none other than Steven Spielberg, but he indicated that they sort of worked together many years before Abrams made any movies, much less this one.
"When I was 16 years old, Matt Reeves and I did a Super-8 film festival in LA," Abrams told a capacity crowd in Comic-Con's Hall H. "The LA Times wrote a story about it that came out the next day, and we got a phone call that day from Steven Spielberg's assistant, who at the time was Kathleen Kennedy." He explained that Spielberg wanted the duo to repair some of his childhood films whose splices had fallen into disrepair over the years. "We said, we've got finals, but we could probably make time to repair Steven Spielberg's movies. So we repaired the movies and they gave us $300, which was when I knew why they got us to do it."