Cloverfield director Matt Reeves unpacks the reasons why a direct follow-up to the 2008 found footage monster movie never materialized.
Cloverfield director Matt Reeves recently revealed why the 2008 monster movie never landed a direct sequel.
Reeves explained why a follow-up film didn’t happen in an interview with Collider. “Our schedules just didn’t quite line up in that way,” he said. “We absolutely, right afterwards, were talking about it. I had a bunch of ideas. I know [screenwriter] Drew [Goddard] had ideas. And I’m sure [producer] J.J. [Abrams] had ideas. And we were talking about stuff, but then we got swept into some other things, and we thought, ‘Well maybe we’ll come back to it.’ And then obviously we ended up finding other ways to do other iterations.”
“But one of the things about the movie is, when we were shooting, I was really excited about the idea of the fact that we were in this restricted point of view of this one group, this one Handicam,” Reeves continued. “And so when we’re on the Brooklyn Bridge, there’s actually a moment where I have somebody filming Hud (T.J. Miller), and Hud filming that person, because then you realize, ‘Wait, there’s another story from that night.’” Many fans anticipated a direct Cloverfield sequel following the film’s release, thanks in part to an Easter egg Reeves added late in post-production that hints at the Clover creature’s origin story.
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Instead, the Cloverfield franchise pivoted to an anthology format. Subsequent installments 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, tell standalone stories largely unconnected to the events of the original film. It’s currently unclear whether the recently announced fourth Cloverfield movie will adopt a similar format to its predecessors, or if it will serve as a continuation of one or more previous entries in the franchise. What is certain is that Reeves won’t be in the director’s chair, as Babak Anvari is on board to helm Cloverfield 4, working from a script by Joe Barton. Reeves is nevertheless part of the production, serving as an executive producer like he did on 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox.
Reeves might also find other ways to maintain his ties to the Cloverfield franchise, outside of directing a sequel. Specifically, the filmmaker said in a recent interview that he was open to including a Slusho Easter egg in one of his upcoming Bat-verse productions. The Slusho frozen beverage first appeared in J.J. Abrams’ Alias and has since appeared in several other movies and TV shows, including the first Cloverfield.
Cloverfield is currently streaming on Prime Video.