Abrams slips up about Cloverfield 2
It’s almost five in the morning here in Ann Arbor, but I’m in a complete posting frenzy right now. After spending a few internet-less days in Chicago, I forgot how much fun I have with this blog, but here I am, kicking ass with my fifth post of the night. I didn’t realize how much I missed Movie Chutzpah until I looked at the clock after finishing “The Dark Knight” post below and saw that it was already 4:30. Well, I can’t stop now.
Anyway, it’s been ridiculously hard finding news that didn’t originate from this year’s Comic Con — studios are busy unloading insane amounts of information about the latest Geek flicks on the hoards of fans and dressed-fanboys attending the convention. And trust me, nothing screams Geek like the giddiness the super-secretive media blitz behind “Cloverfield” gave me.
Well, J.J. Abrams, who I’m sure wanted to stay as tight-lipped about the potential “Cloverfield 2” as any of his other projects, talked briefly, very briefly, about the sequel during his panel for “Fringe.” In the past, the people behind “Cloverfield” said they had some ideas they were tinkering with, but this quote, coming from Slash Film, gives up some more information:
“There’s something we’re playing with now that may or may not happen. There’s an idea we have that plays with… it’s not a literal sequel.“
What I take that to mean is pretty simple: They’re ditching the hand-held-camera, first-person style for a more conventional movie experience. If that is indeed what’s going on, I would be a happy camper. When the fist flick same out, some people were calling it a revolution in monster movies, but really it’s a one-time deal. If someone tried another first-person, mega-monster movie, no one would buy it — it’d be a copycat, stale and unfulfilling movie, because the style would have already been done. First-person camera work is more of an experiment, not the future of cinema.
So, I’d actually be pleased if Abrams and Co. switched it up for the second and came out with a more big-budget, all-encompassing look at the Cloverfield situation. In any case, I’m sure we won’t hear anything about the movie for a long time, with Abrams always playing his cards pretty tight to his chest and the fact that he’ll be wrapped in in “Star Trek” for a while.
He still didn’t even say that it will, in fact, be made, but hopefully the fact that he’s willing to talk about it means they’re serious about making a second one.