Steven Spielberg: 'Super 8' is the first true J.J. Abrams film
From the L.A. Times:
"Even though J.J. is seasoned from television and certainly from two humongous productions, to me, and I say this selfishly, this is J.J.'s first real film," Spielberg said. "A film that came out of his heart, that he wrote and directed and it isn't part of a franchise that was once someone else's television series and brainchild. This is pure J.J."