J.J. AbramsThe sleepy little steel town of Weirton, West Virgina, is about to get a big dose of Hollywood glamour.

According to Production Weekly, director J.J. Abrams and his cast and crew for the super-secret film, 'Super 8,' will move into the hamlet -- which is nestled among the hills of the Ohio River Valley -- later next month.

Details on the sci-fi film, which is being produced by Abrams' boyhood idol, Steven Spielberg, have been kept very close to the vest. (We don't even have an inkling as to who's set to star.) But there have been rumors that it's an homage to Spielberg's early days when Super 8 MM film was all the rage, and a trailer for the flick did debut back in May when 'Iron Man 2' hit theaters. J.J. AbramsThe sleepy little steel town of Weirton, West Virgina, is about to get a big dose of Hollywood glamour.

According to Production Weekly, director J.J. Abrams and his cast and crew for the super-secret film, 'Super 8,' will move into the hamlet -- which is nestled among the hills of the Ohio River Valley -- later next month.

Details on the sci-fi film, which is being produced by Abrams' boyhood idol, Steven Spielberg, have been kept very close to the vest. (We don't even have an inkling as to who's set to star.) But there have been rumors that it's an homage to Spielberg's early days when Super 8 MM film was all the rage, and a trailer for the flick did debut back in May when 'Iron Man 2' hit theaters.

At the time, Deadline described it as taking place in the '70s, and gave the following frame-by-frame recap: "A pickup truck veers onto a train track, heading directly for a locomotive. The legend appears: 'In 1979, the US Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All the materials were to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio.' The truck hits the train, and both fly off the tracks in an explosion. Focus on one train car that was spared, and a heavy pounding is heard from inside."

While very few details on the production are available, reports by the Associated Press reveal that many of Weirton's 20,411 residents have received letters explaining that the filming of a movie called 'Darlings,' about a 14 year-old boy in a 1970's steel town, will be shot primarily on the town's main street. (Apparently at one time, Abrams tried to throw snoops off the trail by pretending to be working on a reboot of 1980's Matt Dillon starrer, 'Little Darlings.')

Despite clearly herculean efforts by Abrams' Bad Robot production company to keep details under wraps, nuggets of information are bound to pop up once the rumored $45 million production gets under way at the end of September. Shooting will reportedly last for up to three months and, when it concludes, Abrams will get to work on directing 'Star Trek 2,' which is expected to be released in 2012.

'Super 8', which will be released by Paramount Pictures, is slated to hit theaters next summer.
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