Fangoria.com got word that vfx guru Phil Tippett and crew at Tippett Studio landed the job of creating effects for producer J.J. Abram’s as-yet-untitled giant monster movie. Details on the film, code named Cloverfield and 1-18-08, are being well guarded by Abrams, who created the popular ABC television series Alias and Lost, and directed the successful Mission: Impossible III.
Based on a teaser trailer that recently accompanied DreamWorks/Paramount’s Transformers in theaters, the movie apparently has some kind of very large creature attacking New York City. The premise evokes visions of radioactive, overgrown lizard Godzilla, which terrorized the Big Apple in Columbia Pictures’ infamous 1998 remake.
Oscar winner Tippett is no stranger to creature features, having created stop-motion effects for such films as Piranha and Dragonslayer before moving on to CG with Jurassic Park and Starship Stoopers, among others. He even directed the 2004 direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers: Hero of the Federation. Tippett Studios is currently at work on The Golden Compass and The Spiderwick Chronicles, two highly anticipated adaptations of fantasy literature that are slated to hit theaters this holiday season.
The untitled Abrams monster movie is being helmed by television director Matt Reeves (Felicity) from a script by Drew Goddard (Alias, Lost). Paramount will release the flick on January 18, 2008. The official web site, www.1-18-08.com, only features various photos that visitor can move around the screen, and the monster’s Godzilla-like roar can be heard after six minutes. The teaser trailer can be viewed at www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/11808.