Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Many people have asked me, why is the new J.J. Abrams produced monster movie code-named Cloverfield? Residents of Santa Monica and Los Angeles might have some ideas. We set out to find an answer, and this is what we came up with. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is located on West Olympic Blvd. in Santa Monica, California. The office is located just minutes away from the Santa Monica Airport and Clover Field Blvd. Santa Monica Airport was also originally called Clover Field. The first successful flight around the world took off from and returned to Clover Field in 1924.
Abrams has been known to use inside references as the code-names for projects. For example, earlier this month we learned that some of the on location production of Cloverfield was using “Slusho” as it’s undercover film title. Hardcore fans of Abrams’ Alias may remember as the Slurpee-type beverage that Vaughn offers to Sydney in the second episode of the series.
So there you go. That’s the best answer we have thus far.