The folks over at Bad Robot and Paramount have a sweet thing going on with those Cloverfield movies. They take interesting, high-concept, science fiction scripts and once they’re good enough on their own, they jury-rig them to fit them into the world of Cloverfield. This is an approach that worked really well for 10 Cloverfield Lane — a script that largely worked well enough on its own — and while many don’t seem to be pleased with The Cloverfield Paradox, the basic idea behind it is still sound.
It’s with that in mind that we cast our eyes to the new horror film, A Quiet Place, which is directed by John Krasinski and written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. The film is one of those high concepts that would be right at home in the Cloverfield universe, and speaking with /Film, the writers even discussed how they had considered making it a Cloverfield film.
Scott: That was one of those things that, I guess it crossed our mind and we had spoken to our representatives about that possibility. It was weird timing, though, because when we were writing the script, 10 Cloverfield Lane was at Paramount. We were actually talking to an executive there about this film, and it felt from pitch form that there might be crossover, but when we finally took the final script in to Paramount, they saw it as a totally different movie. What was really incredible about the process that we feel very grateful for is the studio embraced this weird movie with no dialogue with open arms. They never thought about branding it as a Cloverfield film, I think in part because conceptually it was able to stand on its own.
Bryan: And our biggest fear was – we love Bad Robot, we love the people over there, and obviously J.J. [Abrams] is certainly a hero to us – but one of our biggest fears was this getting swept up into some kind of franchise or repurposed for something like that. The reason I say ‘biggest fear’ – we love the Cloverfield movies. They’re excellent. It’s just that as filmgoers, we crave new and original ideas. And we feel like so much of what’s out there is IP. It’s comic books, it’s remakes, it’s sequels. We show up to all of them, we enjoy those movies too, but our dream was always to drop something different into the marketplace, so we feel grateful that Paramount embraced the movie as its own thing
Critical response to the film has been largely positive, and some are even comparing the film to last year’s breakout hit (and Best Original Screenplay winner at the Oscars) Get Out. Clearly, going this route was the way to do it.
However, I am interested in what Paramount though the film should be, should it be a Cloverfield film. What sort of changes would need to be implemented in order to make this happen, and how much of the film’s own identity would be lost in the process?
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