J.J. Abrams – Mystery Box or Mystery Books?

A couple of weeks ago J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot released this very cryptic trailer entitled ‘Stranger’:

Soon after the speculation reached fever levels. What was Abrams up to this time? Some people became determined to work out the answer based on hints and clues from the clip, and others became frustrated by Abrams unwavering commitment in keeping his “Mystery Box” approach to all his projects very much alive.

Whichever side of the fence people sat on, the general consensus opinion was that we all wanted to know more; which at the end of the day meant that Abrams had got us all by the balls (i.e. he wins).

But yesterday we got a new trailer and some new information about the upcoming project, which, as it turns out is not going to be coming to a screen at all.

Firstly this new trailer dropped:

And through this we found out the project will in fact be a book! Not any normal book mind you, but a book within a book (it can never be straightforward!). It has been written by Doug Dorst, in conjunction with Abrams.

Here is the brief synopsis about the project itself and the story, which is simply called “S.”:

“S.is basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S.contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.) It looks like a dense but often funny mystery — and exactly the kind of novel you’d hope for from Abrams.”

So yeah I’m definitely in and definitely even more intrigued to see where this goes. In a world where most films/TV shows/Books are spoiled long before they are released, I am most definitely a fan of being kept in the dark.

‘S.’ is released on October 29th. See you all at the bookshop!

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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