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?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Please dont do shaky camera moves again.
Jedibilly on Mar 7, 2012
YES YES YES I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!
Colin Gillespie on Mar 7, 2012
Did you forget your Ritalin again?
Max Renn on Mar 8, 2012
Xerxexx on Mar 7, 2012
I would very much like a sequel. It would be interesting to say the least.
Mrweebit on Mar 7, 2012
Cloverfield was utter garbage! The monster looked awfully stupid and was terribly designed, it hobbled around like a pensioner with two walking sticks, yet was able to survive a nuclear device detonated directly on it, wtf? the little creatures were also never explained, in fact, nothing was ever explained. Please Drew, JJ and whoever else was involved, don't subject us to any more of this trash, I have better things to spend my hard earned cash on than cheap Godzilla rip-offs, in fact the Hollywood remake of Godzilla was better than this - and that's saying something!
Lagoya on Mar 7, 2012
One of the main points of the movie was to keep people guessing, even after seeing the film in its entirety. They weren't trying to make us all completely content and explain every single thing, because that wouldn't go well with the way the story was set up. Part of the reason Cloverfield did so well was because people didn't know much about it, and we still don't. It's why people are still interested in a potential sequel at all. If everything was answered and resolved, why would they ever make a sequel?
Cmtorti756 on Mar 7, 2012
Agreed. Cloverfield was awesome!
Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 7, 2012
The found footage style of Cloverfield really helped limit the story. We never know for sure where it came from or if it was an isolated event. I loved that gap of information, it created suspense. That said, if there was a sequel I'd want to know more and it'd be tough to deliver that through a single found footage tape. Maybe, for the starting credits they could have clips from other found footage, youtube etc. as the exposition, but present the main body of the film in a different way... maybe more traditional or something fresh
Richie G on Mar 7, 2012
I guess everybody here wants it be another shaky, dizzying, nauseating camera moves!?
Jedibilly on Mar 7, 2012
It could go the Documentary route.
Xerxexx on Mar 7, 2012
Well to be honest I didn't mind that neither at the theater nor when I watched it on the blu-ray edition. I think it was really obvious even in the trailers, so if a sequel happens you can probably judge by the new trailers if it will have the shaky-camera thingy and decide if that's for you or not. Btw, I think it would have been pretty rediculous if there wasn't any shakeness as if the person holding the camera was just floating about when all hell broke loose, don't you think? That beeing said I wouldn't mind it to be a different type with smooth camera as well (if it's not a POV thingy, you know). Anyway I want a sequel.
hectorconcarne on Mar 8, 2012
I have been waiting for a sequal since the midnight release of the first one.
Ripper on Mar 7, 2012
I liked the first movie, but it wasn't great. I had a problem with the design of the creature, especially after Abrams saying he was making this as the US's answer to Godzilla(imagine that!), but I agree with Xerxexx, it should be done documentary style, but I'd rather see a better monster like Trollhunter, now that movie rocked!
jah p on Mar 7, 2012
Why? But I guess in this era of pointless remakes and sequels, who cares?
Max Renn on Mar 8, 2012
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