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Cloverfield Teaser Update

We have another follow-up on the rumors of a JJ Abrams teaser trailer running with Transformers (opening wide July 2). It is confirmed that there is a trailer, but it is definately not for his new Star Trek movie. In actuality it is for the mysterious JJ Abrams horror/monster movie project called ‘Cloverfield’ (possibly just a codename) which we reported on in February. People at Paramount still will not talk on the record but sources tell TrekMovie.com that the buzz about the film is all part of a kind of viral marketing push. Cloverfieldmovie.com was redirecting to Paramount, but now it is not anymore (the domain was purchased earlier this year shortly before word of the project was first leaked). [UPDATE: Abrams will produce the film along with Bryan Burk. Drew Goddard (Buffy, Angel, Alias, Lost) is writing and Matt Reeves (Felicity) is directing).] Here is a description of the trailer[UPDATE plus a link to a leaked version]:


On shaky video cam footage, we see a group of young New Yorkers throwing a party for a friend who is moving. No music, no voice-over intoning “In a world…” Just what looks like raw footage. Then there’s booming and shaking. An earthquake? What’s up? The party goers head to the roof, where they can see things flying through the sky (meteors? explosion debris?) More running and confusion.Somebody says something like “Look at the size of that thing!” but we don’t see it on the videocam footage, which still looks raw and real even though it involves shit shooting out of the sky. Near the very end of the trailer, we see a massive chunk of debris hit the ground: the head of the Statue of Liberty. Then: “From J. J. Abrams. Coming January 18 2008.” No title.

Obviously it was the ‘From J.J. Abrams 2008’ stuff that got people thinking about Star Trek, because it is the only 2008 project that he is officially involved in. Last July Abrams did sign a five year multi-picture deal and this is clearly one of the projects. At the time it was said he would not only do big projects like Trek, but also some smaller low budget films. It is likely Cloverfield falls into this category. It is quite unusual for a studio to put out a trailer for a project they do not even admit exists, and some are questioning whether this is going to work. Time Out Chicago asks the question "How is buzz supposed to build for Cloverfield (and bad title,by the way) if only supergeniuses like Scott [researcher] and supergeeks like the staff of Ain’t It Cool News can find the film?"   They have a good point, however it may be that this film is a small film that is really only aimed at the ‘supergeeks’ and between now and next January it is sure to get some more traditional forms of promotion. It is kind of a shame that after signing his new deal with Paramount (in which Star Trek was to be the first project) that the first teaser and film to be released will not be Star Trek.

When images or video become available we will announce on the site and update this article. 

Related:
Fan made teaser trailers for new Star Trek film 

UPDATE See it!: See the trailer (while it is still up)

UPDATE 2 ethanhasswasright.com ?: More information on official site and online game site 

MORE: Click for ALL Cloverfield coverage

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CmdrR.
June 29, 2007 10:41 am

Why does the Statue of Liberty keep taking a pounding?
Can’t some filmmaker trash that long stretch in interstate in New Jersey that’s nothing but stink factories? Come on, space invaders, throw us a bone!

Big E
June 29, 2007 10:43 am

Let me be the FIRST to ask for a youtube link….

Big E
June 29, 2007 10:46 am

Crap….
Well, at least we have an exact date to look for the star trek trailer….

Naib
June 29, 2007 10:47 am

Then let me be the first to ask for an HD Quicktime link. Nah, HD WMV will work too. Hopefully this will show up online, as I have very very little desire to see Transformers.

In any case, sounds interesting, but who knows what the film is about?

Tom
June 29, 2007 11:12 am

Eugenics Wars?

Daniel Nunez Jr
June 30, 2007 10:39 am
I saw the teaser, and it is attached to “Transformers”. The first thing I thought was, what is this movie that it would be attached to the biggest movie of the summer. Because it started kinda dull. Its just a bunch of people at a going away party it looks like one guy is making a video for the guy who is movig to hong kong or something. He talks to some people they say their goodbyes into the camrea. THEN everthing shakes and some kind of giant roar unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Car alarms are going off thought the city, some at the party suggest going to the roof to gat a better view. They show the city then something in the middle (maybe a building or just in the street) blows up, and I mean flames higher then all the buildings in New York. I heard other peole say there were meteors but I think it was just flaming debris. I can’t remember how but now the camrea is street level, and don’t forget this is all still in home video format. and there was another giant roar and everything shakes, bulilding are in flames (flying debris) and people are runnig for dear lives. I swore I herad one person say “Giant Lion” but could be wrong he could just be referring to the sound of the roar, because we never see what it actually is. But whatever it is, it must be huge. Because the next… Read more »
THX-1138--Fred Garvin M.P.
June 30, 2007 2:30 pm

Oh Please, Lord, do not allow it to be another Godzilla.

And may the nacelles spin correctly.

Honestly, though, it sounds like a cool flick. Long as deres lots o’ ‘splosions and stuff.

yung
July 2, 2007 9:51 pm

maybe its a LOST related monster.

it did sound like dear old smokey..a bit.

Master of Disaster
July 2, 2007 9:58 pm

The monster is known as The Parasite. That’s all I know.

RSC
July 2, 2007 11:39 pm

The guy the video is for is supposedly going to Japan…not that I think it’s Godzilla, because I doubt there’s ANY public demand for such a flick, but that could be significant some way or another.

And I doubt it’s LOST…that just sounds too good to be true.

snake
July 3, 2007 1:49 am

my first guess when i saw the trailer was godzilla…and i heard “lion” also

Xeno
July 3, 2007 12:26 pm

I believe that JJ is making a new monster to have rampage around Been awhile since anyone tackled a giant monster flick in a while…more power to him…looks good to me…at least it’ll be entertaining…

Aqueento
July 3, 2007 12:47 pm

I seen the trailor also and thought godzilla, all i know is that i want to see the trailor again because it definatly has you wanted to know whats going on.

Neo
July 3, 2007 1:00 pm

is this trailer already on internet? I really want to watch it!!! I think this trailer is not included on Transformers movie overseas.

Rosario Lopez
July 3, 2007 2:41 pm

I saw the trailer last night and I swear right before the stature of liberty’s head flew off someone was running down the street and yelled its a lion or something to do with a lion. Was I just hearing things or what? I been checking everywhere and no one has said this.

I wonder if the bootleg copies would have the trailer

Tenchi
July 3, 2007 2:45 pm

I thought this was some zombie movie, like Diary of the Dead. Looks kick ass though.

July 3, 2007 3:50 pm

I heard Lion as well but not that many people are saying anything about it.

Rosario
July 3, 2007 6:28 pm

See I knew I wasnt the only one, I wonder if thats just bypassed everyone else or its not that bog of deal, even though I think it is.

NOT HUMAN
July 3, 2007 10:53 pm

The cloverfieldmovie address link still links to paramount. For all you geeks out there. Try pinging the web address (HA, crappy or no firewall), get the IP, then put IP into address bar. Shazam, redirected to paramount site. Nice try..paramount.

Tester
July 3, 2007 10:59 pm

I’m thinking Chimera. I got a connection between “parasite” and “chimera” Which is sorta a lion monster. :/

seen it twice
July 3, 2007 11:19 pm

i believe what everyones hearin that sounds like “lion” is actually when they are running on the street some male voice says “the light was huge!”, this is only a guess but i think it is light not lion.

seen it twice
July 3, 2007 11:19 pm

i believe what everyones hearin that sounds like “lion” is actually when they are running on the street some male voice says “the light was huge!”, this is only a guess but i think it is light not lion.

Lurker
July 3, 2007 11:56 pm

May i be the first to post several torrents,
One of which with mexican dubs thanks to Silver City Ancaster.

He most certainly says:
“I Saw it! It’s a Giant Lion!”

end argument.

Cervantes
July 4, 2007 4:20 am

Some kind person has uploaded the teaser onto the ever reliable youtube.com The video is called “J.J. Abrams Cloverfield”. It states that J.J. Abrams is only a Producer and that Mark Reeves is the Director.

Cervantes
July 4, 2007 4:22 am

Apologies, that should have read MATT Reeves is the Director.

SoVi3t
July 4, 2007 9:44 am

1) creepy that another person here mentioned silver city ancaster (where I just saw that teaser)

2) Paramount is threatening everybody who throws this up on the web, so every youtube link to it will be down in a heartbeat. Try P2P or just keep trying youtube and hope somebody new puts it up before Paramount notices.

3) They’re already making a new godzilla movie, so this ain’t it. My guess is just other new giant monster movie. Either way, sign my ass up!

Rosario
July 4, 2007 12:21 pm

Tester, I was thinking the same thing about a Chimera. Just sucks that we probablyu wont hear anything about this for awhile.

SkylineRivas
July 4, 2007 1:26 pm

haha I love that this movie comes out on my birthday.

here is the dialog in the movie i got…some parts are missing but i tried to get all of it.

Beginning of Trailer…

Shh. *Radio Crackle*

Quiet *Another Radio Crackle*

He’s Coming. *Radio Crackle*

Blond Girl Talks: “Alright he’s here, lets go.”

Blond girl walks forward towards camera.

Guy (Rob) comes in and everyone yells out “Suprise!!!”

People raise their hands in air as someone takes a picture of Rob. Rob smiles.

People Clapping!

Moves to a shot of a wall with a banner that reads…

We’ll Miss you Rob

SkylineRivas2
July 4, 2007 1:27 pm

We’ll Miss you Rob

spartan22
July 4, 2007 4:45 pm

Yea, first thing I thought when I saw it was Godzilla, but i also agree, the last few have been failures, and that is coming from a Godzilla fan. It will be interesting to see what else comes out about this over the next few months.

Also the idea of a “Giant Lion Movie” doesn’t sound that appealing, I usually like movies where I know some of the background of what is going on, but I suppose that is just ignorance.

Texas_Jack156
July 4, 2007 5:35 pm

I read that the original script for the 1998 Godzilla was originall going to:
1) have a Godzilla that actually looked like a cross between Godzilla and the Jurassic Park T-Rex
2) Stan Winston studios doing the monster effects
3) Pit Godzilla up against a PARASITIC ALIEN monster called GRIFFIN, who arrives on Earth via METEOR. Early sketches show Griffin looking like a winged lion.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought American Godzilla: good version, but if Sony-Tristar really does have another G film underway, then this probably isn’t it. Oh, well…

rex65kt
July 4, 2007 6:05 pm

Voltron?

July 4, 2007 6:30 pm

I have to say, I will be mildy disappointed if this turns out to be another Gozilla remake… that was actually my first thought as to what it might be. You have to admit though… the idea of making a movie shot ENTIRELY through a handheld video camera – quite intriguing. But if this IS Godzilla, then hopefully it’s done the right way.

Still, a very cool trailer, and a genius marketing device.

JJ's ABORTED SON
July 4, 2007 7:13 pm

Godzilla? Voltron?

I thought at first it was a Kimba The White Lion movie :)

Jazz
July 4, 2007 7:22 pm

Im pretty sure the guy is saying “i saw it, its alive, its huge”
you can see the trailer here. the quality isnt the greatest.
http://www.slashfilm.com/2007/07/04/jj-abrams-cloverfield-trailer-now-online

SoCalTrojan
July 4, 2007 8:45 pm

The only thing that really jumped into my head was Voltron. I thought I heard him say something about a giant lion, and what better time to show a trailer than in a like movie such as Transformers? I dunno

Bob Bellamy
July 4, 2007 9:06 pm

I’m not sure he said “lion” and instead said, “It’s alive!”

And it just makes sense that if it were Godzilla with the whole “done from the home video perspective thing” might be novel then that would fit the profile of a viral video campaign tied to a large film.

No major actors signed, so that says something….

mar
July 4, 2007 10:40 pm

i heard dude say lion and if everybody else heard it den dats gotta be wut it is and i saw the preview wen i went ta c transformers and i was thinking bout dat movie da whole time but i don know how its going to work if its a home video the whole time

Lycen
July 4, 2007 10:54 pm

@ 38 mar – are you a retard?

czlow
July 4, 2007 11:44 pm

it could be parasite eve

czlow
July 4, 2007 11:49 pm

some guy running says ” its alive and its huge ”
the guy rob during the commotion asks wheres aya i think
anyway its hot it got us lost and searching fields for clovers

RS
July 5, 2007 12:03 am

I don’t know what it could be…all I know is that it really scared me when I saw those random flashes of people running frantically out of the building. Not that that’s new.. it’s just that seeing it from a handheld camera added a bit of horror for those people whereas people were dying left and right in Transformers and I didn’t really care. Regardless, I’m pumped and I hope Abrams doesn’t disappoint.

Rosario
July 5, 2007 12:58 am

I could of sworn they said lion but i guess we’ll wait to a better video or an official something. I have mixed feelings about a Godzilla move, either way i’ll go see it, im just hoping they dont screw what ever this movie is up.

Lindsay
July 5, 2007 2:03 am

I gotta add my nay to the lion vote. He says “It’s alive”… but not in a Dr. Frankenstein way :/

Anyone else wishing (though I know it would be too good to be true) that it’s somehow related to Lost?

jason
July 5, 2007 9:23 am

you watched the bootleg and youtube versions. Calm down. Wait till apple releases a quicktime version

July 5, 2007 9:27 am

the date at the end isn’t a release date…it’s a setting…and possibly the real title…

http://www.01-18-08.com

Lindsay
July 5, 2007 10:33 am

@Jason:

I saw it in the theater last night and he says “It’s alive!”

Thomas
July 5, 2007 10:37 am

Also part of the viral marketing campaign is this game and blog, check them out. After beating the game it gives you a key you use beginning August 1st and only for 30 days. So something will happen then.

Game: http://www.ethanhaaswasright.com/

Blog: http://ethanhaaswaswrong.blogspot.com/

ricki
July 5, 2007 12:07 pm

They have made movie about a giant lizard(godzilla),gorrila(king kong),turtle(gamera),,etc.How about a giant,ugly,mutated human this time.Who roars and breathe fire.Now that would be scary.He was born from nuclear testing site.

July 5, 2007 6:53 pm

during the trailer i dont think it was lion.
rather, i heard “its alive, its huge!”

its sounds kinda like lion

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