J.J. Abrams over connectie Cloverfield en 10 Cloverfield Lane

J.J. Abrams over connectie Cloverfield en 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane zal later deze maand te zien zijn in de bioscoop. De film van regisseur Dan Trachtenberg is de sequel op Matt Reeves‘ succesvolle film Cloverfield uit 2008. Wat de film te maken heeft met het grote monster is nog niet helder. In een gesprek met Entertainment Weekly ging producent J.J. Abrams hierop in.

Het script van de film is nooit een vervolg geweest op Cloverfield, maar is herschreven:

“This script came in and had an incredibly strong central conceit. It was a very powerful Twilight Zone idea. We began developing the story, and we came upon some things where it became clear to us, that we were in a very interesting place, because the story was wholly original, a very different situation, different characters from anything we’ve done. But the spirit of it, the genre of it, the heart of it, the fear factor, the comedy factor, the weirdness factor — there were so many elements that felt like the DNA of this story were of the same place that Cloverfield was born out of. It just became clear that as we were working on the movie, this could be something that is not the sequel that anyone might expect. It’s not the continuation of the story that people might think of, but it was so clearly associated. There was such a clear Venn diagram of these two things, it felt like if we were literal about connections to the first movie but in no way that people might expect us to be, it could be it’s own thing. We very intentionally didn’t call this movie Cloverfield 2, but we realized that there was enough of a connection, and the movie was good enough that it warranted this association in a way that we think is justified and exciting.”

Over het monster zei Abrams het volgende:

“There is a monster in this movie. It’s not the monster you expect, but there is a monster. The thing that I will say about anyone who is going to it expecting to see literally Cloverfield 2, those characters and that monster are not in this movie, but there are other characters and other monsters. It’s a very different story, but it is a spiritual successor to that movie. What I hope is that they will be satisfied by wanting to see something that is not of this natural Earth and not necessarily something that you would expect, and I hope that what they find gives them that fix, that thrill that I think they might be looking for in a literal Cloverfield 2 movie.”

Hij ging verder:

“What I interpreted was people wanted to see another point of view. People want to see what happens afterward. People want to see that the monster survived the attack. People want to see if there are more monsters. All of those things were clear. I got what people were asking about, but I also know that the desire to see a sequel doesn’t necessarily justify making one. You have to have an idea that’s better than what people think they want to see to make a movie. This felt like an opportunity to do something we wanted to do anyway, but it felt like its connection to that place was too similar to us to ignore. We thought, “Let’s be overt about it. Let’s make the connection, but not make it the kind of sequel that people might expect.”

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Een vrouw raakt na een auto-ongeluk bewusteloos en wordt wakker in een kelder. In de kelder vertelt een man haar dat de buitenwereld is getroffen door een nucleaire aanval, welke mogelijk heeft plaatsgevonden om het enorme monster uit te schakelen. De hoofdrollen zijn voor Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman en John Gallagher Jr. Vanaf 10 maart draait 10 Cloverfield Lane in de Nederlandse bioscopen.