What is J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield?

What is “Cloverfield”, and what is J.J. Abrams’ involvement in it? That’s what everyone will be asking when they see the trailer for “Cloverfield” attached to “Transformers” when the mega budget robot movie opens July 2nd (July 3rd). Empire Movies gives you a description of the trailer, and calls it “the best trailer ever”. Meanwhile, AICN has a more in-depth description of the movie, and apparently Abrams will be producing. So what is “Cloverfield”? According to AICN, it is “a giant monster movie, featuring something that’s being referred to internally as ‘The Parasite’”, but here’s the catch — the whole thing will be shot on camcorders from the POV of the characters!

AICN goes on:

And what makes this different than any other giant monster movie? Well, as I understand it, most of the film is going to be shot using home video cameras, as if from the point of view of real people who are experiencing an attack on New York. It’s designed as a fairly small picture, all things considered, and right now, they’re working to make sure the script is going to deliver some wild thrills (like an earthquake that levels Manhattan or an oil tanker flipping over by the Statue of Liberty), but that it’s not suddenly going to turn into a giant $150 million movie. It’s a tricky balance, and if they pull off everything they’re trying to do, CLOVERFIELD could be something really groovy. Not a man in suit in sight.

Curiouser and curiouser…

“Cloverfield” arrives January 2008.

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  • TheRoboticElephant

    I believe that all the rumors of it being just a “big monster movie” are bs. JJ Abrams is very clever and meticulous in planning, and this is no exception.

    This is probably a LOST related teaser. It would fit Abrams M.O. seeing as he put “The Hanso Foundation” into the credits of Mission Impossible 3. Not to mention the fact that they’re delaying the next season of LOST until the beginning of ’08. Hmmm, isn’t that right around the date that was displayed on the “cloverfield” trailer? Coincidence? With Abrams at the wheel, I think not.

    Finally, and maybe this is just me imagining things, but the sound of the “monster” in “Cloverfield” was eerily similar to the sounds of “the monster” on LOST.

    In my opinion, “Cloverfield” is just a clever media spin to conceal something that that could pontentially put LOST on map(no pun intended) as one of the best shows of the 21st century.

    Criticism welcomed, and please point out any inaccuracies, or if you just plain disagree.

    Sincerely,
    TheRoboticElephant

  • TheRoboticElephant

    I believe that all the rumors of it being just a “big monster movie” are bs. JJ Abrams is very clever and meticulous in planning, and this is no exception.

    This is probably a LOST related teaser. It would fit Abrams M.O. seeing as he put “The Hanso Foundation” into the credits of Mission Impossible 3. Not to mention the fact that they’re delaying the next season of LOST until the beginning of ’08. Hmmm, isn’t that right around the date that was displayed on the “cloverfield” trailer? Coincidence? With Abrams at the wheel, I think not.

    Finally, and maybe this is just me imagining things, but the sound of the “monster” in “Cloverfield” was eerily similar to the sounds of “the monster” on LOST.

    In my opinion, “Cloverfield” is just a clever media spin to conceal something that that could pontentially put LOST on map(no pun intended) as one of the best shows of the 21st century.

    Criticism welcomed, and please point out any inaccuracies, or if you just plain disagree.

    Sincerely,
    TheRoboticElephant

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    So you think it’s just a big tease (promo) for “Lost”? Hmm…

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    So you think it’s just a big tease (promo) for “Lost”? Hmm…

  • TheRoboticElephant

    I either think it’s a promo for the new format that LOST will probably be taking next season (post-island, with flashbacks TO the island, just like the season finale), or else it’s an introduction to the beginning of a new Lost Experience. I could be wrong, but then why the Bad Robot logo before the preview (the same production logo used for LOST) and also the monster noises? Abrams doesn’t strike me as a guy who would recycle monster sound effects.

    Sincerely,
    TheRoboticElephant

  • TheRoboticElephant

    I either think it’s a promo for the new format that LOST will probably be taking next season (post-island, with flashbacks TO the island, just like the season finale), or else it’s an introduction to the beginning of a new Lost Experience. I could be wrong, but then why the Bad Robot logo before the preview (the same production logo used for LOST) and also the monster noises? Abrams doesn’t strike me as a guy who would recycle monster sound effects.

    Sincerely,
    TheRoboticElephant

  • David Maness

    I hope so much that it’s Lost related. I would die. I was still thinking of the trailer after the movie. The first thing I thought when I heard the noise was ‘the smoke monster!’

  • David Maness

    I hope so much that it’s Lost related. I would die. I was still thinking of the trailer after the movie. The first thing I thought when I heard the noise was ‘the smoke monster!’