Cloverfield sequel on hold

Cloverfield Sequel On Hold

Matt Reeves, who directed the monster thriller Cloverfield, told SCI FI Wire that plans for a sequel film have been put on hold until the filmmakers can come up with an idea as interesting as the original.

“The thing that we sort of promised ourselves is we only wanted to do another one if we could come up with something that felt as fresh to us to make as that one did,” Reeves said in an interview at the Saturn Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 24, where he received the Filmmaker’s Showcase Award.

Reeves added: “We’re still kind of toying with what it’s going to be and whether or not we’re going to find something that will be as exciting for us to make and, hopefully, for an audience to watch. So we’ll see. It’s really in the baby, baby stages. And right now it’s definitely on hold until we come up with what that would be.”

Press reports have suggested that some of the ideas for the next film include a prequel that would go into the backstory of the creature that attacks New York in the original or a parallel story set on the same night with different characters. Reeves said that both of those ideas have been under discussion.

“We did talk about that, and I think that we would find some way, if we did it,” he said. “Some of the ideas we’ve come up with reference this idea and reference the film, so that there is a sense that it’s related to this film. But it would be different. I would need [it] to be really different.”

Meanwhile, Reeves has been talking about other potential ideas with producer J.J. Abrams and writer Drew Goddard that aren’t necessarily related to Cloverfield.

“We have a couple ideas,” Reeves said. “We have a couple pretty exciting ideas, but it’s in the very, very early stages of that. And whether or not that will develop into something that we want to do is really unclear at this point. But as long as J.J. and Drew and I come up with something that seems worth doing, then I think we’ll do it.” –Cindy White
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