Cloverfield casting and new title
Word is that there are a bunch of relative unknowns being cast for the film, and the process of casting has been as unusual as the build up of the Lost style hype.
"The casting process was just as mysterious. No scripts or even scene pages were sent out; agents who were contacted were simply asked if their client wanted to be in the movie or not. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David ("The Black Donnellys"), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel...and Lizzy Kaplan ("The Class")."
Interesting that there was nothing released about the story, this makes me think that we're set for a similar filming as Lost has seen, with scripts and scenes released to the cast just in time and a huge shroud of secrecy around the film. Fantastic, the perfect build up.
Interestingly the budget is going to be around US$30 million, modest indeed, but with Abrams behind it you know it's going to be fascinating.
Meanwhile over at Hollywood Elsewhere they have a quote from an "insider" from the film:
"Cloverfield is an idea Abrams had over a year ago, which he then sold to Paramount. The point-of-view thing (Handicam) is the whole movie. Scenes from the trailer are in the film. Abrams got a really talented guy (Drew Goddard) to write (they'd worked together on Alias and, presently, Lost), and Matt Reeves to direct (they co-created Felicity and he's pretty damn genius-level)"
Okay, the source does sound like a big fan and heavy on selling the project, but they do reveal that there is a new title for the film being announced very soon, the real title...