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Matt Reeves Directing Cloverfield Sequel and The Invisible Woman

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January 31, 2008
Source: Variety

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We mentioned it briefly before, but now it looks like it is actually going to happen - Cloverfield 2 is officially in the works. Cloverfield's director Matt Reeves (above, holding the camera) is apparently in early talks with Paramount about directing a sequel and also has The Invisible Woman on his slate as well. Details about a possible sequel are very unknown, but what is known is that Cloverfield has brought in about $66 million at the box office on a $25 million budget. And anything that succesful usually has a sequel greenlit immediately.

Matt's other project, The Invisible Woman, has been set up at GreeneStreet Films. The film is a Hitchcock-style thriller that probes the mind of a former beauty queen who turns to a life of crime to protect her family. As far as I can tell, this has no relation to H.G.Wells' Invisible Man story. GreeneStreet's John Penotti compliments Reeves' script for The Invisible Woman, which Reeves wrote as well, saying, "Matt has created a truly original and compelling character and story."

As for the timing of both Cloverfield 2 and The Invisible Woman, it seems like Paramount is really pushing for Cloverfield 2 to head into production as soon as possible. Variety states that there is a "good chance the sequel will be Reeves' next film", which he will then follow-up with The Invisible Woman afterwards. The outcome depends on how quickly Paramount can negotiate a deal with Reeves, producer J.J. Abrams and writer Drew Goddard for a sequel.

Early rumors about a Cloverfield sequel involved the possibility of showing the same attack in New York City from a different group's perspective, however that is purely a rumor. Our previously spoiler-filled article about Is Cloverfield Really Over? brought up a number of easter eggs and other considerations, including that the monster arrived from space and that there is a voice at the end that says "it's still alive." However, given there isn't even a script and probably nothing more than a few ideas, we can't even begin to guess what the Cloverfield sequel might be about.

I'm very curious to hear your take on Matt Reeves and a Cloverfield sequel. First question - is Matt Reeves a good enough director to continue onwards and achieve something new with a sequel? And secondly, is a sequel even a good idea? What story could they pursue? Would showing the same attack from a different group's perspective (with more to the monster's origin) turn out as good?

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  • http://blog.myspace.com/Shero_Rauf shero
    If it happen ... am not sure if I will watch the movie Cloverfield 2 ... But again it is Hollywood and movie mean making money ! and for the question about if Matt Reeves is good enough to make the sequel .... I think most of the new directors can make this movie the point is in the CGI ...how good the CGI can be this time ? ... what we will see more than before ? and if it is another point of view for the same attack of the monster !!!! what is the reason to make the same movie again but from another camera ? I don't think it will be another view for the same attack , it must be a really continuity for the end of the first movie ... and of course maybe this time they will find out how to kill the monster but again one of the monster's children will hide and come out to eat the man with the camera :-) and wait for the Cloverfield 3 and who know 4-5-6-...... :-) what do you think Alex ?
  • Napier's News
    I was under the impression that the voice at the end said "we're still alive" as in the characters. I waited until the end of the movie after all the credits and did not hear anything. It may have been the projectionist turning off the film too early.
  • Ian
    What I'm wondering is if he'll try the shaky-cam again. That strikes me as the kind if thing that could go either way; for a solo movie it could be wonderful, for a series it could be a headache. Maybe we'll learn more about Tagruato and the attack there. The background on the underwater drilling, etc. Find out some more biologically about the monster, eh? I'd be in for that ride.
  • TCox
    Alex - Matt Reeves did a great job with Cloverfield. Sure. He could do the sequel. Why not? People are obviously polarized by the movie itself, so the only ones saying he shouldn't direct another, are those who don't like the movie to begin with. The rest of us say give him another shot. I think that a sequel could be a good thing. There were many complaints about how there were so many questions left unanswered (just like TV's Lost), that a sequel could clear up. I personally liked the movie, and enjoyed not having everything spelled out for me. I'm not sure another movie filmed from a different perspective would be the way to go, and I'm definitely against a movie that acts like a sequel, but ruins the original (Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows). WTF? All the negative press, along with Rambo & Meet The Spartans, hurt Cloverfield in it's second week. That happens. Even the best movies can get crushed at the box office by a negative review, or another film without a lot of marketing. Everyone knows that, in life, and in business, you will always hear the negative more than the positive. That's the American way. We find something we hate, and we immediately want to tell others, and debate those that disagree. If the sequel happens, Reeves and the studios should turn down the viral marketing. While I didn't get caught up in it, others did. Apparently it built the movie up to be something more than what a lot of people thought it would be. All I need is a decent trailer, and a few plot details. Setting up fake websites, and fake MySpace pages is too much. It's overkill, and insults our intelligence (or does it?) We can only hope that Warners doesn't screw up The Dark Knight with the same kind of over exposure via viral websites. It will be interesting to see how they handle the marketing after Ledger's death. Anyone else think it will be weird to go out and buy your kid a Heath Ledger Joker doll? Unfortunately, we know it's going to happen.
  • Michael John
    Cloverfield was great...............especially if you live in LA and worked on the flick. But, hey, why destroy NY again and again. It's time for a little destruction of LA and Hollywood. However, let's keep Venice Beach intact along with Cloverfield Blvd. in Santa Monica
  • crAziemutant
    glad to hear a sequel is in the works. or at least on the table. likes others have said, a second camera of the same attack sounds like a bad idea. and probably another shakey cam movie would be too much. i think i would like to see what's going on with the military and all that during the attack. like maybe from the point of view of a solider or something. not shakey cam, but just what he's seeing. like we're him, but we're not behind a camera. anyway, i think you know what i'm talking about. and i thought cloverfield hit $72 mil on opening weekend. invisible women sounds like i'd be good, so looking forward to that one, as well. on a side note: talking about dark knight's viral marketing. it's already pretty high. i don't know if you've heard. but they've had joker dollars (dollar bills with black eyes and red smile drawn on washington's face) and a race for cakes with phones in them. not to mention they're few websites and a gotham city newspaper. anyway, so the phones have been renewed with most likely means the viral marketing is going to continue. but word on the forums say the "why so serious" posters of joker has been withdrawn from theaters. well, that's pretty much all i know. haha.
  • TCox
  • jason_md2020
    One of the most powerful "OH SHIT!" moments from the film for me were the looters in the electronics store suddenly stopping to watch the news on TV when "Clover" started shedding those spider/crab things and taking out the soldiers one on one. Which leads me to the sequel idea, which could use the same event as a starting point, as well as get into the origin of the critter and Tagaruto's involvement. Have the sequel follow the exploits of one of the news crew's involved. This can even be expanded to making the move like a documentary using found footage like the first movie, interviews with survivors & soldiers, as well as investigative reporting. Are Tagaruto hiding anything? If you want a literary example of what it could be like, go read World War Z for the format I'm talking about. That's my $0.02.
  • crAziemutant
    that sounds like a great sequel, jason. actually, i think i like it better than the military POV, idea some of us had.
  • crAziemutant
    oh yea, in regards to the links, given by TCox, one was misspelled. it's whysoserious.com, not whysoseruous.com. but thank you, TCox for providing the links.
  • bob
    I like the idea of having a cloverfield sequel and i bet it will explain a LOT more but the last one left us all puzzled well maybe just me but still all we sorta know is there is this HUGE monster thats attacking new york city. But why the anwser is in number 2
  • cody
    I agree with bob I am puzzled two I want two know more about why the monster wants to kill everyone and destroy every thing in sight.
  • Tim
    I not sure if I am completely sold on the idea of making a sequel from another groups point of view but I think it is probably the best way to do it especially if it is from the army's perspective. They shaking camera might be hard to deal and make people wanna throw up, but isn't this why the movie did so well? We kept getting glimpses of the action and the monster and made us question what the hell was happening, just like the main characters in the movie. I felt like I was one of them. I can't imagine the sequel would be that good if they didn't do it this way, I think it would turn into another hollywood product with some douchebag A-list actor and everything would ever want to know about the monster and why its here would be just handed to us. Sounds like typical crap to me, personally I think if its going to be like that, I would be happy with just the original.
  • craziemutant
    they've said that they don't want to do another point of view movie. and if there's going to be another cloverfield movie, that it's going to be something new and different.
  • bud
    Bottom line is that most people didn't care for the shaky camera ordeal. The Characters were a bit dumb considering the whole city was under attack by a Gigantic Monster of unseen proportions including it's little spider friends. I kept asking myself is someone worth rescuing in the face of all this danger and realistically one has to say, "Hell to the No". Perhaps the sequel should deal more with the militaries perspective on how to defeat this monster. I believe more people would love that and it would provide a more action side to it rather than the stupid love sense of the first one was trying portray. Do the sequel with out another dumb camera guy and shaky angles. If done right it could be better than the first.

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