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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