We almost got two (possibly three depending on what Overlord turns out to be and when it releases) Cloverfield films this year. Cloverfield: Paradox was one of the two films while A Quiet Place was almost the second film. Yes, the almost silent horror film sweeping the nation was actually close to being a Cloverfield film. In a Slashfilm interview, the writers of A Quiet Place Bryan Woods and Scott Beck explain how it almost happened.
“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 a crossover, but when we finally took the final script into 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.”
The Cloverfield films have been awesome thus far. They have their own place in Hollywood, and they’ve made their place. Each film stands as it’s own, but they still connect with each other. The connections are all through the creatures in the films. They are aliens from another dimension that appeared on Earth after a few astronauts created a wormhole to cross between parallel universes. The creatures in A Quiet Place have been said to sort of resemble the creatures. Adding this script to the universe would’ve been amazing.
Woods also stated:
“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.”
As amazing as it would’ve been to have A Quiet Place added to the Cloverfield Universe, the two writers decided against it. They wanted to add something new to the horror genre. We need more original content and the fact that they gave us that should be appreciated.
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