Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Okay.....I'll Ask Again, "What Is Super 8? Cloverfield, Godzilla Or Something Else?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Bloody Disgusting / Avery Guerra

Okay, this is starting to get annoying!

Within the last day and a half, J.J. Abrams latest film, "Super 8" has gone from unknown film, to "Cloverfield" prequel, to just a monster movie.....maybe.

In case you just wandered into this mess, on Tuesday morning reported that there was going to be a mystery trailer, produced by J.J. Abrams, attached to "Iron Man 2" for a film called "Super 8". A few hours later, Bloody Disgusting reported that the film in question was indeed the prequel to Abrams 2008 monster film, "Cloverfield."

Now.....well Abrams is saying, 'Nice try, but no."

Reportedly when the film maker learned that websites were reporting that his new film was the long-rumoured "Cloverfield" follow-up, he denied it saying, "You have to check [out the trailer], but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield, despite your expert reporting."

It seems that Bloody Disgusting tried to confirm their report with a rep from Paramount and were met with confusion.

So for now, "Super 8" is not the "Cloverfield" sequel..........who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Abrams did, however, confirm that the film in question is about a bunch of kids who discover that there is an alien (monster?) in their home movie.

So, here is the million dollar question, is this another of Abrams tricks? I mean, really, could this be another bit of misdirection from the film maker?

Could this be more "Cloverfield", "Godzilla 2012" or just another alien film, possibly co-produced by Steven Spielberg?

For some odd reason, I expect to be writing about another twist tomorrow.

See Also: J.J. Abrams "Super 8" - The Confirmed "Cloverfield" Prequel! / Brookfield - Did A Giant Monster Attack Milwaukee? / What The Fans Want To See In An American Godzilla


  1. I'm taking Abrams at his word here... which, of course, makes me extremely disappointed. We all know that the longer we go without a continuation of the CLOVERFIELD saga, the less likely we are to ever get one. While this SUPER 8 project - which is undoubtedly the homage to Steven Spielberg we've been hearing rumors about for a while - sounds great, the fact that it will have no connection to CLOVERFIELD only increases the likeliness that no follow-up to that film will ever reach the screen. I feel a little like a kid on Christmas morning who just opened his big present to find that it's something pretty cool, but not the #1 item on his wish list.

    Thankfully, we have the real Godzilla coming in 2012, so Abrams' would-be "American Godzilla" won't be that sorely missed!

  2. I dunno who the people who think this is Godzilla 2012 are, but they're seriously deluding themselves.

    Last I heard, Paramount and J.J. Abrams have no connection to Legendary Pictures.

  3. It's getting very, very, very confusing by now. I want news on Godzilla 2012 and I want news on Cloverifeld 2 already!

  4. lol!

    Very good mudpuppy!

    I threw the name "Godzilla" in with this one as a spoof of how everyone thought "Cloverfield" was a G film early on.

    No, you are right, Abrams works almost exclusively through his Bad Robot production company which is connected to Paramount.

    Though weirder things have happened, having him jump ship to go over to Legendary/Warners for "Godzilla 2012" is as likely as me becoming Pope.

    You would be surprised at how many people automatically link anything Abrams does monster wise to Godzilla.

    I was not the only one who threw in Godzilla with "Super 8".

    And they were serious....



Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.