Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wired & Reeves On Cloverfield Sequel and Blu-Ray

The enigmatic shroud surrounding Cloverfield's menacing creature gets pulled back even further on the Blu-ray version of the movie, which roars into stores Tuesday.

Hard-core Cloverfield sleuths can gain special insight into the monster that trashed Manhattan thanks to the disc's Special Investigation Mode, an optional in-film feature that provides tidbits of trivia about the creature's physical characteristics and location throughout the movie. Additionally, a map tracks the locations of main characters, military personnel and the "large-scale aggressor" that made the movie a box office beast.

The Blu-ray release includes all the extras from the previous two-disc DVD release: slightly tweaked alternative endings and meaty featurettes (including behind-the-scenes video diaries, explorations into the CGI world of New York under attack and the mechanics of cobbling together the megamonster that wreaks havoc throughout the film).

Wired.com nabbed Cloverfield director Matt Reeves (pictured above, right, with actor T.J. Miller) for a brief telephone chat about the rumors swirling about Cloverfield 2 and straying from sci-fi for his next project, The Invisible Woman.

Wired: There's been a lot of back and forth about whether or not a Cloverfield sequel is in the works. Can you set the record straight for us?

Matt Reeves: I can say that we really hope we could do it. It's in a pre-baby stage. Right now, it's still like in the single-cell version of itself. It's not a viable life form yet. But the truth of the matter is, we're not 100 percent that we're going to do it. I have a couple of ideas, Drew [Goddard, a Lost alum who penned the first Cloverfield script] has a couple of ideas, but we just finished this one, and we haven't had the time to evaluate what's next.

This isn't me being evasive, but it's literally just too early to tell. We promised ourselves that we would have to come up with something just as fresh and fun, 'cause you don't want to repeat the experience. We don't want to be repetitive. It's an unusual problem, but a cool one, to see what would come out of it.

Wired: Does that mean the monster is definitely alive? That seemed to be hinted at in the muffled radio static after the credits.

Reeves: If there's a continuation like a sequel, then one would think there's something still going on. Whether it's that monster or not, I don’t know. We know the film would need a fresh perspective, and I don't think that means just picking up where we left off. But I can't even confirm anything in that direction.

Wired: You're killing us, Matt!

Reeves: [Laughs] I know. I'm sorry. This is like my pre-Cloverfied interviews where I couldn’t give anything else away, except there just isn't anything to give away this time. But I know that J.J. [Abrams], Drew and I really want to work together again, and hopefully it'll be Cloverfield 2, and if not, then something else cool. And I'll keep you in the loop.

Wired: The movie recently debuted in Japan. How did that go over, considering the film's roots in the ultimate creature feature, Gojira, or Godzilla?

Reeves: It was No. 1 in Japan for the first two weekends -- it created a big stir, which was very exciting. We didn't know how the audience there would respond to the viral marketing, and it went over very, very well. The culture is so different -- everyone is so kind and polite -- that it was hard to get a real feeling for it, but at the screening the audience went crazy. I'd actually never been to Japan, so it was really cool to have Cloverfield bring me there.

Wired: What's different about the Blu-ray release?

Reeves: Even though we shot the whole movie on a Handycam, it was actually shot in HD. I'm excited for people to see [the monster] in its full, pristine environment. I need to get a copy of the DVD too! I'm anxious to see it in Blu-Ray.
Source: Wired