J.J. Abrams is the master of the misdirect, unveiling projects and releasing viral material that gets us riled up but tells us practically nothing about what it is we’re looking forward to. Not that we’re complaining of course, but sometimes it works (Cloverfield) and sometimes it doesn’t (Star Trek Into Darkness). And now there’s this, for the last couple of months we’ve been hearing about his project called God Particle, a sci-fi thriller from producer Abrams and director Julius Onah that some have suspected might not be what it seems, and now sources are saying that in actuality, God Particle is really the next Cloverfield film. (more…)
The best way to describe watching 10 Cloverfield Lane is like eating chocolate ice cream with lemon-infused olive oil: it’s unusual but tastes absolutely delicious. Audiences expecting a Cloverfield spin-off will be greatly disappointed. There’s no giant monster wrecking a city, no shaky-cam, and no T.J. Miller screaming “Oh my god!” It’s a smaller, more humble film that resembles an apocalyptic thriller more than a monster-disaster movie. J.J. Abrams made it clear on several occasions that this film would be a “blood relative” to the original Cloverfield and not feature the first film’s monster. The only thing these films have in common are their extraterrestrial and horror themes. It’s much like what John Carpenter tried to do with the Halloween films by having several films with different stories all set during the holiday (before audiences decried the third film’s lack of Michael Myers). Much like Halloween 3, 10 Cloverfield Lane focus on crafting a new story instead of rehashing an old one. As a result, the sheer quality and ambition of 10 Cloverfield Lane is absolutely enough to make it even better than the film that spiritually preceded it.
About a month ago, the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane surprised everybody with its theatrical debut. All over the internet there were hype pieces and fan theories of what the story will entail. It’s pretty much safe to say that most people who saw the trailer were thinking the same thing: “how can a movie involving John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a basement possibly relate to a found footage film about a giant monster?” The possibilities were practically endless. However, according to producer J.J. Abrams, the film is indeed not as connected to the original Cloverfield as many thought it would be.
J.J. Abrams sure can keep a secret. Bad Robot have today officially announced 10 Cloverfield Lane for a March 11 release, describing it as a “blood relative” to their 2008 found-footage monster smash Cloverfield. Reports started appearing on social media yesterday concerning a trailer for the movie that was attached to showings of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. Shortly thereafter a version of the trailer, seemingly (but not really) shot secretly and illegally by someone in a theatre surfaced online. Now we have the full and proper studio version. (more…)
J. J. Abrams created some pretty crazy things back in 2008. His series Fringe was taking Fox and Sci-Fi T.V. for the start of a wonderful ride. In theater however, people were treated to a first-person, disaster-monster film that made people say “OMG”. Giving North America it’s own Godzilla that couldn’t be destroyed by the government or anything that was thrown at it. Yeah it wasn’t real original but it made tons of money. Since then, folks have been waitin’ and wondering if will get a sequel. As of right now….there hasn’t been even a weird, confusing trailer hidden under a secret title or some page of the internet. However director Matt Reeves has been telling people the sequel will happen. It might not be this year but it’ll be out……one day.
How do you stop what can’t be killed?
In an interview with Total Film magazine, Reeves, who just so happened to be the director of Cloverfield spoke about a future sequel.
“At the moment we are talking about the story quite a lot. Drew Goddard, who wrote the original, is going to pen the sequel, and J.J. Abrams is very much involved. However, the three of us have been so busy that getting the right idea together has been taking a long time.”
On top of not being able to zero out any time to just sit down together and work out a story properly, they also have the issue of how to film the movie. With the first one being a hand-held affair, the problem aeries as to how can they repeat the one camera shot and not tarnish what made the first so good. “We want it to be shot like the first, but how can you continue that idea successfully for a second time?”
With Reeves himself just finishing his directing for Let Me In, Goddard in the middle of writing Robopocalypse and Abrams directing Super 8, coming out this summer, next it looks like 2011 won’t be another year of shaky camera angles and night-vision. How sad.
The internet once again shows me that they are amazing people out there with skills with Photoshop and ideas while my skills with MS Paint makes me look like a lint licker. Cracked.com recently held a contest for users to make propaganda posters from the universe of their favorite films. From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, people bust some sweet looking posters and I could totally see these around in their respected movie-verse. There are a quite a few to look at so check after the jump to see if one of your favorite movies is on there. (more…)