'Super 8' Collaborators J.J. Abrams & Steven Spielberg Reflect Other Great Director-Producer Pairs

Hollywood has a great tradition of pairing up well-established and high profile producers with visionary directors. The latest of these combinations comes in the form of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, the producer-director pair on the recently announced "Super 8," set to debut in the summer of 2011.

But both Spielberg and Abrams have played roles in this tradition well before they brought their heads together for "Super 8." After the jump, check out some of their past collaborations as well as some of the other memorable producer-director pairings in cinema history.

J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves

Having made a name for himself on the movie circuit with "Mission Impossible III" and the then-developing "Star Trek" reboot, J.J. Abrams and his inner circle developed the crazy idea for "Cloverfield." But who would direct such a creature feature? Cue Matt Reeves, a frequent Abrams collaborator back from the "Felicity" days, who entered the "Cloverfield" arena and knocked the monster out of the park. Now, Reeves is on his own wrapping up post-production on the vampire-centric "Let Me In."

Jerry Bruckheimer & Gore Verbinski

"The Rock" and "The Ring" aren't exactly peas in a pod, but for some reason, the pairing of Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski worked wonders on "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," the film that brought the brilliant Captain Jack Sparrow into popular culture. While the second two movies never measured up to the quality of the first, their initial collaboration nonetheless led to one of the most recognizable franchises of our time.

Peter Jackson & Neill Blomkamp

Having entered the mainstream as a relative unknown with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Peter Jackson saw a similarly untapped resource in the form of budding filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. Jackson was set to mentor Blomkamp on a feature film adaptation of "Halo," but when their vision fell apart, they stayed strong and built a science fiction epic of their own from the ground up — the incomparable "District 9."

George Lucas & Steven Spielberg

The master of the "Star Wars" universe and the director responsible for "Jaws," both of them titans in the world of filmmaking — throw in Han Solo for good measure, and there was no question that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" was going to be a success. Now, Spielberg will fill Lucas' producer shoes by helping Abrams bring his vision of "Super 8" to life.

Robert Rodriguez & Nimrod Antal

Although currently an unknown quantity, a quick consultation of the magic 8-ball (and a perusal of the many available photos and teaser spots) indicates that producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal's forthcoming "Predators" relaunch is going to bring the franchise back to its bloody roots. If Rodriguez and Antal can deliver as promised, "Predators" could go down in history as one of the greatest fresh starts in science fiction history.

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