Cloverfield Update: How it Starts, Set Photos, Ethan Haas Debunked

The blokes over at AICN has once again nabbed a big secret about Abrams “Cloverfield” (right now it’s looking more and more like it’s going to go with the title “01-18-08”, in a sort of “9/11” parallel — the last photo from the site, very Ground Zero like, certainly attests to that theory), namely how the movie begins — at the end, apparently. They said: “The film starts with a rescue crew cleaning up after the entire incident, and one of them finds a camera. They rewind the tape, press play… and the playback is the movie that unfolds.” Ah, interesting. Also according to AICN, those Ethan Haas sites have nothing to do with “Cloverfield”, and are instead just advertising for a game called “Alpha Omega”.

The New York Post, meanwhile, added this:

A small crew, including Abrams (co-creator of “Lost”) and director Matt Reeves (“Felicity”), along with up-and-coming actors Blake Lively and Mike Vogel (both from “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) came into the park with hand-held video cameras.

They shot several scenes at Deno’s Wonder Wheel, a scary swinging Ferris Wheel in which patrons ride in cages as they look out over Brooklyn. They also went on the Scooter bumper cars, played some ticket-stub games in the arcade, and rolled some skee ball.

A member of the Vourderis family, owners of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, gave authorization to the film crew to shoot there.

“It’s about an alien that wipes out all of New York City,” says one of the owners, who wants to remain anonymous. “The footage is taken the day before everyone dies. A bunch of kids come to Coney Island with a video camera. The movie is a flashback to that day.”

Interesting, the last part (bold mine).

Meanwhile, there were some pictures from the set of “Cloverfield” by some guy who works on the movie, who posted them at a forum and is now going around pulling them from various websites. Nothing mind-blowing, just a couple of shots of random things he snapped on the set. No big loss.

In the meantime, here’s an Abrams tank in action. Why an Abrams tank? I’m pretty sure one is gonna show up in the movie at some point.