‘Super 8’ Sold On It’s Name Alone

June 14, 2011
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

J.J. said he met with Steven years later, when he was looking for someone to write a “Roger Rabbit” sequel, but Steven instead hired J.J. for two weeks of “Casper” rewrites.

Howard laughed: “Maybe you’re not a genius.”

J.J. later sold “Super 8” to Steven based on the name alone–just the name. No script, no synopsis, no ideas: “Like, ‘Do you want to figure this thing out with me?'”