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‘A Quiet Place’ Could Have Wound Up in the ‘Cloverfield’ Universe

Jason McDonald

In a world where Bad Robot seem eager to retrofit movies currently in production into “Cloverfield” sequels, it would not have been too much of a surprise if “A Quiet Place” suddenly revealed itself to be a stealth “Cloverfield” film.  And while that rumor was swirling around before the films release it, thankfully, did not pan out to be true.  In fact, according to the producers of “A Quiet Place” it was never a possibility.  Or was it?

In a /Film interview with “A Quiet Place” writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, they revealed that they had inquired if it would be a possibility.  At the time “10 Cloverfield Lane” was in production, so it was intuitive of them to pick up on the possibility, but much to their relief it was never seriously considered.  Here’s what the two had to say:

Scott: I know! 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.

And “A Quiet Place” is much better for it.  The film would have gained virtually nothing by being shoehorned into the “Cloverfield” universe.  In fact, it would’ve suffered for it by having to have some sort of forced connective tissue. And I know, personally, I would’ve found it distracting as I would’ve been looking for some grand twist or reveal instead of just enjoying the movie.  It’s good to see that Paramount, while eager to convert films to the “Cloverfield” universe, still can see strong films that stand on their own.

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