Drew Goddard Tells Us 'Cloverfield 2' Isn't Official, But It's Something They're Interested In

Drew Goddard Tells Us 'Cloverfield 2' Isn't Official, But It's Something They're Interested In

Apr 06, 2012


Sure, the whole Cloverfield sequel issue might feel like old news, but there are reasons the story still lingers: Cloverfield’s a great film and has a story ripe for expansion. While chatting about his directorial debut, The Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard indulged us and took some time to talk Cloverfield 2.

When asked about the status of the project, Goddard flat out said, “There’s nothing official on it yet.” In fact, he also recalled, “I don’t really think that there ever was life to it in a sense that we never did anything officially. It’s something we’re interested in if we can come up with an idea that excites us.” When Goddard says “we,” he’s referring to the original Cloverfield team of himself, director Matt Reeves and producer JJ Abrams. Not only is every member of that team incredibly busy, but they’re all wildly creative, too. “One of the nice things about that universe is there’s a lot of different paths you can take. I think if you ask JJ and Matt Reeves and myself what we’d want to do, you’d get three different answers, three very different films.” Goddard laughs and continues, “It’s really just a matter of getting the three of us together and finding common ground.”

Agreeing on a specific plot line might be tough, but perhaps overcoming the overuse of the shaky-cam technique will be the production’s biggest hurdle. Since Cloverfield’s big release in January of 2008, we’ve come across quite a few found-footage/shaky-cam features from Project X to Chronicle to Apollo 18, The Last Exorcism and so many more. Can they possibly go for round two with Cloverfield and still have it feel fresh? Perhaps, but for Goddard, story comes first. “Every story has its own method of telling it, so you figure out the story first and then the best way to tell it.”

So it doesn’t look like Cloverfield 2 will be coming our way anytime soon, but at least we’ve got Goddard’s latest, The Cabin in the Woods, to look forward to. Check out the transcript of our Cloverfield chat below and keep an eye out for the full interview with Goddard on The Cain in the Woods coming next week.

Movies.com: I know this has been discussed over and over, but as a fan, I’ve got to ask, what is the status of that Cloverfield sequel? Is there any life to it anymore?
Drew Goddard: I don’t really think that there ever was life to it in a sense that we never did anything officially. It’s something we’re interested in if we can come up with an idea that excites us. It’s certainly a universe we would like to return to, but there’s no real, official – there’s nothing official on it yet.

Movies.com: When the first film came out and did really well, did that spark an idea for a sequel? Did anything come to you then, maybe a route you might want to pursue?
Goddard: One of the nice things about that universe is there’s a lot of different paths you can take. I think if you ask JJ and Matt Reeves and myself what we’d want to do, you’d get three different answers, three very different films, [laughs] so it’s really just a matter of getting the three of us together and finding common ground. Those two guys have been pretty damn busy lately.

Movies.com: Of course! And you know what, nowadays I don’t even think coming up with the right story would be the tough part. It’s keeping the shaky cam style fresh.
Goddard[Laughs] Right. It’s hard to say. Every story has its own method of telling it, so you figure out the story first and then the best way to tell it.

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