Steven Spielberg talks 'Super 8' and aliens
Steven Spielberg returned to his roots producing J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," which is the type of film the legendary director experimented with when he first began making movies.
"I made war movies, I made science fiction movies, I played a dentist and I pulled the teeth out of all three of my sister's mouths - things like that," Spielberg told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other news outlets at the film's recent Hollywood premiere.
"Super 8" takes place in a small-town in Ohio in 1979. A group of youngsters witness a train crash while making a zombie movie on their Super 8 camera. Following the crash, disappearances and other strange events begin to take place in town. The movie stars Elle Fanning, the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning.
"It's a love letter to audiences from J.J. Abrams, who loves movies and stories about kids and wrote this from scratch and did an amazing, transformative job, in my opinion," Spielberg said.
Spielberg, who produced and directed the 1982 film "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," often finds himself drawn to science fiction and told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish that the genre has replaced western films in Hollywood history.
"I've always been fascinated by them," Spielberg said of his extraterrestrial subjects. "I think movies about aliens today have replaced the western, the first movie really ever made was 'The Great Train Robbery' and westerns were part of the identity of Hollywood for over 80 years and I think science fiction is now the new identity of Hollywood. It was westerns for 80-years and it's been westerns ever since '2001 Space Odyssey' in '68."
Spielberg went on to praise the young stars of "Super 8," calling them "very natural and authentic kids," before taking one of the actors, newcomer Ryan Lee under his arm and continuing down the red carpet.
Spielberg has received three Oscars for his work on "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan." The 64-year-old filmmaker is currently involved in the production and development of more than two dozen movies.
Watch the trailer for "Super 8" below.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).