It was about a month ago that my latest J.J. Abrams-fueled madness journey began.
That was when the interwebs exploded with buzz about a mysterious new "trailer" for some project from Bad Robot, the production company run by J.J. Abrams that is responsible for so much of the last 10 years' greatest, most mind-numbing fanboy material.
If you don't know who J.J. Abrams is — shame on you — he is the person who created, among other things, cult TV shows like Alias, Lost, Fringe, Alcatraz, Person of Interest, Revolution and, amazingly, Felicity, and directed movies such as Mission: Impossible III, the Star Trek reboot and it's sequel, and soon the new Stars Wars installment.
The trailer, titled "Stranger," was as cryptic as all get out, and instantly got untapped parts of people's brains (mine included) wondering WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS FOR AND PLEASE LET IT COME OUT SOON!!!! See for yourself:
The speculation covered the spectrum of all things possible that Abrams could be working on, including yet another hope this could be associated with the long-hoped-for theatrical adaption of the Voltron cartoon/action figure story. The same OH MY GOD PLEASE reaction came up when similar teasers popped up in 2007 for a mysterious film that turned out to be underrated monster flick Cloverfield.
But, in typical Abrams out-of-the-abandoned-warehouse-far-beyond-left-field fashion, "Stranger" was actually the first glimpse into the world of ... a book.
Yes, a teaser video for a book. Only J.J.
Simply titled S., the book is co-written by Abrams and Doug Dorst, a heretofore unknown author who prior to hooking up with Abrams (way back in April 2011!) to start this project was best known for being a big winner on Jeopardy.
The book comes out Oct. 29, and the Web site at the end of the second trailer can helpfully link you to all the various places you can pre-order the tome online.
Yes, I already did. Couldn't help it. J.J. made me do it.