15 years later, the name most associated with the 2008 ground level kaiju movie clover field—and the little weirdo patchwork assembly Of pseudo-sequels it has acquired over the years, producer JJ Abrams is pretty clear. After all, Abrams was already a big name when the movie unleashed its surprisingly powerful viral marketing push in the summer of 2007, and he had already raked in huge profits with Happiness and then especially Lost—while his long-time collaborator, Matt Reeves, the actual director of the film, was still more than a decade away from becoming something of a household name with movies like the Planet of the Apes revivals, and then especially last year the batman.
Still, it’s Reeves who has done the most consistently to promote clover field over the years, waving the flag for its unlikely first blockbuster as the film’s various anniversaries came and went. Take, for example, a new interview with syfy this weekin which he discussed the breakneck speed of the film’s production, and finally definitively confirmed the various clues the film (and its elaborate marketing apparatus) dropped about the movie’s juggernaut.
Addressing the first point first: Turns out, yes, clover field It really was as quick and impromptu a project as you’d expect: Reeves reveals that Abrams commissioned him to start filming before writer Drew Goddard was close to finishing the script, as they embarked on an ambitious 12-week shooting schedule with a director. that he had never worked on anything on this scale before:
I was saying to JJ, “Well, why don’t I just wait until Drew is done with the script?” And he said, “Well, you can’t.” And I said, “Why?” And he said, “Because we’re shooting in 12 weeks, and that’s how this is happening.” And I was like, “Oh my gosh!” He had never done a VFX movie, he had never done anything genre like this: a giant monster movie.
Reeves details the filming of certain key scenes, including that part where Lizzy Caplan explodes, noting how they only had a few takes to capture the gory aftermath. He also confirms, to what we hope is everyone’s ultimate satisfaction, exactly what’s going on with the monster in the movie.
You have to figure out how to steer the monster, so to speak. So you have to understand what’s going on with them emotionally. And for me, the big secret was that the monster was a baby and he was experiencing separation anxiety. The reason why the monster was going crazy is because they were having fits for looking for their mother. And so, [the monster] I was just as scared as the main characters, because it seems like there would be nothing scarier than the human element fighting this giant monster, and actually, both of them are terrified. That is a disaster. That’s not good. So that part was absolutely something that we talked about in the development of the creature and in terms of how I filmed it.
is extraterrestrial. In fact, at the end of the film, you can see the moment when it comes to [Earth]. It’s another one of those little Easter egg moments, but when we rewatch that footage where they’re on the Ferris wheel at the end, you can see the meteorite flying and hitting the ocean. That is actually the beginning of the baby being on Earth.
Cloverfield turns 15 today. There’s a new 4K Ultra HD edition of the film out to commemorate the anniversary.