A bunch of new 10 Cloverfield Lane interviews have come online now that the film is TWO weeks away (aaahhh!! How exciting!) Below are highlights from Fandango, EW and Empire Magazine that Mary as well as producer JJ Abrams gave. Click on the appropriate links to read all the interviews in full. Additionally, Mary also comments how she’d love to have her own Die Hard film!
Mary on how Cloverfield Lane is connected to 2008’s Cloverfield: “I loved Cloverfield. I love how it sort of flipped the script on the monster movie and made it so personal. In that sense that’s how [both films] are spiritually connected, in that this is another take on a very big idea told in a very small, human, personal way.” [x]
On taking the role of Lucy McClane again:
Winstead didn’t reveal whether Lucy McClane has a role in the new Die Hard movie or not, but says she’s game to get her own Die Hard film.
“Hey, I’ve always wanted to take over the McClane name. I’m more than ready!”
JJ on casting Mary: I was a huge Mary Elizabeth Winstead fan from Scott Pilgrim. She’s got such strength, I really believe her. She’s beautiful but she doesn’t look like someone that you’d never meet in life. The things that Michelle, her character, has to go through in this movie required an actress who could do everything. She needed to be as vulnerable as she is, she needed to be as terrified as she is, she needed to be really calculated, she needed to be spontaneous even through her terror, she needed to be resourceful, she needed to be strong, she needed to be defiant and believable in all these insane obstacles that are thrown at her. She was fantastic. [x]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How does an original script you acquired get to be a movie under the Cloverfield banner?
This script came in and had an incredibly strong central conceit. It was a very powerful Twilight Zone idea. We began developing the story, and we came upon some things where it became clear to us, that we were in a very interesting place, because the story was wholly original, a very different situation, different characters from anything we’ve done. But the spirit of it, the genre of it, the heart of it, the fear factor, the comedy factor, the weirdness factor — there were so many elements that felt like the DNA of this story were of the same place that Cloverfield was born out of. It just became clear that as we were working on the movie, this could be something that is not the sequel that anyone might expect. It’s not the continuation of the story that people might think of, but it was so clearly associated. There was such a clear Venn diagram of these two things, it felt like if we were literal about connections to the first movie but in no way that people might expect us to be, it could be it’s own thing. We very intentionally didn’t call this movie Cloverfield 2, but we realized that there was enough of a connection, and the movie was good enough that it warranted this association in a way that we think is justified and exciting.