The J.J. Abrams-backed “Cloverfield” movie franchise has three titles under its belt, “Cloverfield,” “10 Cloverfield Lane,” and “The Cloverfield Paradox,” but there would be a fourth movie in development if special effects supervisor Greg Strasz had any say in the matter. Strasz, best known for his VFX work on films such as “It Follows,” “White House Down,” and “Independence: Day Resurgence,” directed an unofficial “Cloverfield” short film titled “Megan,” which centers around the daughter of John Goodman’s character from “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
“Megan” hit YouTube on July 31 and has earned over 32,000 views and counting (via Entertainment Weekly). In “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Goodman’s Howard Stambler frequently spoke about his daughter, Megan. The character was never seen on screen, as Howard said she went missing two years prior to the events of the film. Strasz’s short film imagines what happened to Megan and was filmed as a “proof of concept.” Thanks to the director’s experience with VFX, the short film has impressive production values.
The future of the “Cloverfield” movie franchise is uncertain at this point. Paramount sold “The Cloverfield Paramount” to Netflix earlier this year and has not announced additional titles. The upcoming WWII sci-fi horror movie “Overlord” was rumored to be a “Cloverfield” project, but J.J. Abrams has shot down that rumor on numerous occasions.
“Megan” stars Matilda Lutz in the title role and features a callback to “10 Cloverfield Lane” when a character asks Megan, “The old man wasn’t that crazy after all, was he?” The short features cinematography by Markus Förderer and was produced by Jean de Meuron, Giuseppe Mercadante, and Olcun Tan. The short film’s executive producers include Nicolas Emiliani and Greg Strasz, while Khader Hayath Kareem served as co-producer. Elena Bawiec, Edwin Modlini II, and Nathaniel Pope are credited as associate producers.
Watch “Megan” in its entirety below.