‘Cloverfield’ update

Because we’re such J.J. Abrams sluts that we’ll track his every move, even when it’s clear he was only the producer on this movie.

A few new sites have been launched as part of the viral marketing campaign, and from the looks of it, this movie will be just as difficult to figure out as Lost is.

1-18-08 doesn’t have much, but a few candid photos of potential victims. And just like the Ethan Haas Was Right site that is nothing more than some puzzle games hiding those short videos (which you can just find on YouTube), another site has pooped up, Ethan Haas Was Wrong.

What’s nice about the last site is you get a better understanding of just what this movie may entail. Ethan Haas was a fictional prophet who predicted that, “The great war of the gods will come upon the earth; the fires and terror of their rule will return for a time, but the children of the gods may be thus prepared, themselves aware and powerful?they may stand along side the gods not as equals, but as allies, feared and ready.”

So is this a monster movie, shot with hand-held cameras as a sort of docudrama about average people getting caught up in an apocalyptic event? That’s what it seems to be, but calling the folks at Paramount or Bad Robot Productions will only get you nothing. They feign ignorance.

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled the best amount of information so far.

Paramount greenlighted the project under a veil of heavy secrecy in February, about the same time that Abrams agreed to the take over the directing reins of the new “Star Trek” film.

The casting process was just as mysterious. No scripts or even scene pages were sent out; agents who were contacted were simply asked if their client wanted to be in the movie or not. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David (“The Black Donnellys”), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel (“Supercross”) and Lizzy Kaplan (“The Class”).

The movie, which is believed to have a relatively modest budget of about $30 million, began shooting in mid-June in New York. With “Transformers” generating huge tracking numbers in the weeks before its release, the studio decided to put footage from “Cloverfield” in a teaser in front of “Transformers” to build buzz.

That’s the sound of us having a geekgasm. Especially since we love both Lizzy Kaplan and Michael Stahl-David. CBS cruelly cancelled The Class and NBC justifiably cancelled The Black Donnelly’s, but it’s great to see the two of them finding work.


One wonders if L. Ron Hubard will save the day in this JJ Abrams produced monster movie? And if not him, then maybe the Operating Thetan.


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