J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield Updates: Casting, Shooting, and More Discovered
by Alex Billington
July 6, 2007
Since that mysterious trailer for a secret J.J. Abrams project currently known as Cloverfield debuted in front of Transformers that we originally posted and have seen an overwhelming response to, everyone is clambering to try and figure out more about it. Many have been throwing out ideas that it could be another Godzilla, the Voltron movie, a "Lost" movie, or plenty more irrational considerations (just read the comments on this post). New official details have been popping up all over including casting details, shooting details, and some more minor updates.
If you haven't already checked it out, the official viral website can be found at www.1-18-08.com with just an interesting picture as the placeholder for now.
First up is some casting details from The Hollywood Reporter, including a couple of names.
The casting process was just as mysterious. No scripts or even scene pages were sent out; agents who were contacted were simply asked if their client wanted to be in the movie or not. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David (”The Black Donnellys”), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel (”Supercross”) and Lizzy Kaplan (”The Class”).
Other news from trustworthy sources on the internet report that the film is being shot for only around $30 million, much less than most other films in Hollywood nowadays. The film began shooting quietly in New York around mid-June and has a plot that revolves "around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people." According to original details from AICN, the film is being shot entirely on handheld home video cameras, essentially like Blair Witch Project meets Godzilla.
Additional confirmed information is that Matt Reeves is directing a script written by Drew Goddard (who's written previously for Abrams' "Lost" and "Alias"). You can read a few more details over at SlashFilm, who is following it as closely as we are.
Although the speculations are rampant about it being everything from Godzilla to Voltron to Gears of War, I'm going to stand by my own belief that it's just an original monster movie. This has quickly become the most genius marketing scheme anyone has seen from Hollywood in the last 10 years. Whatever it turns out to be on January 18th, it'll certainly be a money-making blockbuster. Until then, every last dedicated person will try and make any minor discoveries and we'll do our best to keep all of you updated.
Stay tuned as J.J. Abrams is confirmed as being at Comic-Con in under 3 weeks, and I'm certain there will be plenty questions fielded his way about Cloverfield as well as Star Trek XI and we'll be there to bring you his responses before anyone else.
UPDATE: The trailer has been officially posted in full-on high definition glory and can be watched RIGHT HERE!