Abrams' Super 8 is not Cloverfield prequel
I don't like slapping all those "toldja" words across articles, not least because they aren't in any coherent language, but I was saying from the start that I didn't believe Super 8 was a prequel to Cloverfield (Filmstalker review), and that the connections with it were tenuous at the least.
It's confirmed today as J.J. Abrams has said so, it's nothing to do with Cloverfield, it's neither a prequel nor a sequel. Surely that's no surprise, for the filming of the creature in the seventies or eighties would surely have had some affect on the storyline of the Cloverfield film we saw.
Plus there's the fact that it's not J.J. Abrams style to just go and deliver more of the same, and that's exactly what a prequel to Cloverfield would be delivering. Now a sequel would do something very different, but a prequel? There's no real place to go, especially as the origin of the monster is already hinted at in the final scenes of Cloverfield, and that timeline is very much within the timeline of the film.
I thought it was a pretty good bet it was nothing to do with it, and if I'd put money on it Abrams would have just earned me a nice win. For he has revealed it's not connected in any way.
"...it has nothing whatsoever to do with Cloverfield, despite your expert reporting..."
The rest of what he has to say, which appears to be grabbed from the director while he's trying to have his dinner, is typically non-committal and reveals that they are working on the idea and that we have to see the trailer to know what's in it.
Well we're still waiting Mr Abrams. By the way I'm one of the people outside of America, so it would be nice if you could let us see it sometime soon. I know we're not a big audience, but we are vaguely interested in cinema out here.
Joking aside it would be good to get a glimpse of the trailer that everyone's talking about soon. I'm surprised it's not appeared considering how many times it's supposed to have been shown already.