With the film gaining massive high praise from horror fans everywhere with our own Doc giving A Quiet Place a massive thumbs up (his review can be read on the front page of HCF), the writers have come out with the surprise news that the film could easily have been a Cloverfield sequel.
Writers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck have revealed in an interview with Slashfilm that while they were writing the script, they did briefly come up with the idea of making it a proper sequel to JJ Abrams monster smash 2008 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.
Cloverfield eventually did have a sequel of sorts in the shape of 10 Cloverfield Lane, with The Cloverfield Paradox following earlier this year.
A Quiet Place is out now in cinema’s everywhere.