co-creator J.J. Abrams is messing with our heads again. This time, it is the mysterious bit of trailer that preceded the box office hit film Transformers
. At first, the untitled bit of candid footage that appears to depict the beginning of some sort of giant monster attack was a completely unexpected and unknown commodity. Godzilla? Lost
? Voltron? Cthulu? Even Paramount, the company thought to be backing it, wasn't talking. Now details have slowly began to leak out about the mysterious flick.
For starters, even though the trailer appears to be taking place in New York City, the film is actually being filmed right now in and about Los Angeles. Once hiding behind the working title of Cloverfield
, word is the Matt Reeves directed film is now shooting under the working title of Slusho
, a fictional drink which has appeared in Alias
, and has spawned a website, slusho.jp, that may be part of a viral marketing for the film.
The film is relatively low budget by today's apocalyptic giant movie monster standards, coming in at around $30 Million dollars. The cast includes actress Blake Lively
), Mike Vogel (Grounded for Life
), Lizzy Caplan
), and Michael Stahl-David
(The Black Donnellys
Initially the trailer for the film could be found only in poor amateur recorded clips on YouTube and similar sites. This week, however, the trailer was released mainstream and has begun popping up in higher resolution versions such as this one
Initially, Abrams savvy fans began the search for a web-based alternate reality game that would shed some light on the story, and thought they'd found it with www.ethanhaaswasright.com. Abrams himself later dispelled this rumor to Aint It Cool News. At that time the slusho.jp site had yet to be found, and Abrams set the story straight by saying “For what it's worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the 1-18-08.com site.”
Are there clues to the film's story hidden in the surreal animation and annoyingly repetitive music of the site dedicated to the faux soft drink? Time will tell.
- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
source: Aint It Cool News
(Image Courtesy of Paramount)