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Michael Stahl-David Responds to CLOVERFIELD 2

Original Star answers whether he's ready.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 18, 2008
Source: Shock Til You Drop


Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yustman in CLOVERFIELD (2008).
© Paramount Pictures
There have been whispers of a Cloverfield 2 on the horizon in the near future. Even the trades said Paramount approved of a could-be-sequel not too long ago. But nobody's asked the leading star of the original until now. Ryan Rotten asked star Michael Stahl-David his thoughts on it and here's the answer.

"I think they're still trying to figure out how they're going to pull it off," the actor laughs. "They have some ideas they're excited about but they're really not sharing them with many people...and they're not sharing them with me."

He adds he would be surprised if Reeves and company asked him to return, "unless it was being glimpsed for a second by somebody else's camera. And I think people have seen enough of me running around anyway."

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BryanWay 4/18/2008 12:31:39 AM
God I would love to be the screenwriter on this. When I first heard they were considering a sequel from another camera's perspective I couldn't help but think of that as gimmicky and stupid... until I imagined that the other camera was a news camera. The experience changes completely. Instead of running away from the creature, you spend the entire movie following it. Then you also get interviews of experts on the scene and tons of personality from the correspondents and the crew. Anyway, I can only hope it lives up to the first one. Which is not easy.
AzuLTaLoN 4/18/2008 1:52:43 AM
wow bryanway you have an idea that is great/good for a cloverfield 2 flick. i think the first one sucked totally made us think it was a monster flick but instead we get a drama about new york socialites, what a fuckin' rip!
ponyboy76 4/18/2008 2:42:57 AM
Cool idea Bryanway.
Whiskeymovie 4/18/2008 4:57:28 AM
It is a cool idea, but I don't think it could be them following it. I mean look how many got killed while running AWAY from it. I liked the idea of it being filmed from the perspective of the Military, and then have a cross over from the first movie, like when the government finds them coming out of the subway station when that chick explodes. I think that would be cool. Maybe tell it from the side of the black guy that helped them out.
WhiteKnight 4/18/2008 5:20:47 AM
The first one was a good concept. A fresh take on an otherwise bankrupt genre. Screwing around and making sequels will only demean the original. Count me out if it makes it to the screen.
needaname85 4/18/2008 5:59:26 AM
That is a good idea but how about the sequel being the after effects...people who are dealing that there really was a monster and other life forms in the universe etc. etc. That is something that has never been explored in monster/alien movies that I always thought would be pretty sweet! But, I was disappointed by the first one, it was a love triangle. Not a monster movie. But I would have to give the sequel a go.
macgawd 4/18/2008 6:50:45 AM
I though Cloverfield was a really fun movie, and I liked the hand-held gimmick (I don't get motion sick easily). I've only seen it once, so I don't know if it would be as enjoyable a second time, and this has me wondering how they'll handle a sequel. The rumor that they're just considering doing it from another hand-held perspective seems like going over the same ground, but I like BryanWay's idea of the news crew following the monster. However they do it, I hope they avoid the same pitfalls that the "Blair Witch" folks fell into with their sequel. What an abortion that was.
videocide 4/18/2008 8:20:40 AM
I had acctualy posted about the news crew idea when they first announced a sequel. But who knows if they will go that route. The first one treate you like your a military analyst watch fund civilian footage which I thought was cool and wouldn't mind if the sequel went the same way. I do agree with macgawd about the Blair Witch follow up though. Hour and a half of my life I'll never get back.
BryanWay 4/18/2008 10:01:08 AM
Well, I think it's fair to say they won't be going the Blair Witch 2 route. Obviously the comparisons of how the two could fail are easy to make, but with BW 2 they destroyed their gimmick by showing us what 'actually' happened versus the final result with the camera. One of the strong suits of the first one was that, within the world of the story, you never knew if it was staged, if it was the witch, or if it was someone fucking with them. It becomes pretty clear that it isn't simply a case of cabin fever making these people crazy when the ensuing footage is totally different. Plus, I mean... it was just the wrong idea.
Wiseguy 4/18/2008 10:52:53 AM
I loved Cloverfield but I don't think the same event from another perspective would work at the b.o. I think you need an actual sequel with maybe some explanations or theories about the monster and of course lots of mayhem.
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