I recently had the pleasure of randomly watching Cloverfield for a second time, years after seeing it in theaters. The one surprising revelation I walked away with was that it holds up very well. The “found footage” gimmick is what it is, but Cloverfield is an intense, well-plotted survival-action movie without it, one that takes the concept of the monster movie and turns it on its head. You see the “Godzilla attacks” story play out from the perspective of his hapless human victims.
There’s been talk before of a possible sequel, although director Matt Reeves didn’t sound hopeful when he commented on it earlier in the year. Everyone involved in the first movie, including Reeves, J.J. Abrams and Drew Goddard, has been very busy. The question comes up so much though, the trio must be thinking about it. Right?
Yes. Reeves said as much in a new interview with Total Film. “Well, you are going to see it – we just don’t know when [laughs],” he said.
“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.”
Reeves went on to say that there’s a desire to keep the “found footage” aspect of the original movie in the sequel, but figuring out how to crack the story with that in mind is the problem. He asks, “How can you continue that idea successfully for a second time?” Any ideas, gathered readers? Maybe a collection of random vignettes gathering together found footage from the ruins of Manhattan? Or maybe just skip the idea entirely and deliver a more traditional format for the sequel?
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