Writer Drew Goddard Still Really Wants to Make 'Cloverfield' Sequel
Since the release of Matt Reeves' 2008 handheld monster/disaster film Cloverfield, there have been quiet discussions of a sequel. Producer J.J. Abrams has mentioned working on one a couple of times over the years, but the project has never received a greenlight from Paramount, the studio behind the first movie. While Cloverfield 2 still isn't in the advanced stages yet, fans will be happy to know that the one of the key components is still keen on getting another movie off the ground. Writer Drew Goddard has given a brief update during press for his upcoming movie Cabin in the Woods to keep the excitement up. More below!
I remember hearing at one point that for the sequel, the filmmakers were considering another found footage film of the same incident shot from the prospective of a completely different group of people, with a brief glimpse of Hud and the first group in passing serving as the only connecting tissue between the two movies. I love that concept, and while that approach hasn't been outright denied, but it's sadly not sounding like it's going to be the one the filmmakers take if they can ever get this thing going. Goddard spoke with Bloody Disgusting and when asked if a Cloverfield sequel was still happening, he replied:
I hope so. I mean, I’d like it to. 'Cloverfield' was very much a dialogue between J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves and me. And you need those three parts. It’s just been hard because we’ve been busy. None of us wants to make a movie just for the sake of making a sequel. That’s just not interesting to us. I think we all have ideas of what we want to do, and they’re probably all different. But we need to sit down and get it together. I blame Star Trek.
Not much new information there, but the most interesting part came a moment later, when the site asked Goddard if he felt the sequel would have to stick to the same stylistic choice as the first movie and keep the found footage aesthetic. Here's what he said:
I don’t know. If you’d asked me a year ago I would have said absolutely because I thought that was inherent to it. The thing about Cloverfield that was exciting was that it felt different, and we’d need to find whatever that is. We’d make it feel fresh and new, and if you asked each of us how we were going to do it we’d each have a different answer.
Fascinating. It's hard to believe that found footage movies were still a novelty only a few years ago, but they've certainly lost a bit of their charm as the proliferation of low budget genre films continues to make studios bundles of cash. That being said, it's hard to imagine a Cloverfield movie that's not handheld, since that style was so integral to the story the first time around.
Goddard also briefly spoke with Shock Till You Drop, saying:
I'm in, I'm ready to do it. Someone call J.J. and tell him to get moving, but because Matt and J.J. and I have been fortunate enough to be busy, it's hard syncing our schedules up. We're all very passionate about returning to that world.
I'm really interested to see what style these three can come up with that feels fresh and new for today's audiences, and also what story ideas they can conjure within that universe that get the fans excited for a return. Will it be a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, or feature new characters entirely? We're not sure, but you'll be the first to know as soon as we hear anything. Do you still want to see a Cloverfield sequel?