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J.J. Abrams’s ‘Cloverfield’ Wraps — and We’ve Got the Call Sheet That Might Spoil the Ending

Very Krafty, J.J. Abrams.Photo: Vulture

We knew that J.J. Abrams’s top-secret monster movie Cloverfield (a.k.a. Overnight, a.k.a. Monstrous, a.k.a. 1-18-08, etc.) was shooting in Manhattan this week under the fake name Cheese. So, in an unprecedented move, one of Vulture’s editors actually left his computer and went outside. While we were near the film’s set on the southwest corner of Central Park, a random crew member handed us something interesting: acall sheet for “day 33 of 33” of shooting that appears to give away Cloverfield’s ending — and alternate ending! Major spoilers ahead, obviously.

Cloverfield’s plot revolves around a small group of people struggling to survive a monster attack in Manhattan. On Monday night, blog /Film reported on a scene in which principal characters Rob and Beth (played by unknowns Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yustman) are buried in debris while hiding under a bridge, and speculated that this could be the movie’s conclusion. From the looks of Monday’s call sheet, it just might be. (Download the PDF here.)

We’re certainly cynical enough to entertain the possibility that this call sheet is a planted fake, though we doubt it. And it’s also entirely possible that the “alternate ending” is just for Cloverfield’s Central Park sequence and not the entire film. But if scene 160 is the screenplay’s final scene, Cloverfield ends with Rob and Beth underneath a bridge in Central Park, ignoring the chaos, focusing on each other. (The “alternate ending” listed on the call sheet has the two characters doing the exact same thing; obviously, a call sheet is no substitute for a screenplay.)

After Monday’s filming, according to the call sheet, the production was shooting a few exteriors on Tuesday, as well as the scene 1 of the movie — shot inside the Trump International Hotel and Tower:

DAWN — We see Manhattan, Beth’s apt, Rob’s reflection thru videocam … Rob moves through Beth’s apartment, filming.

Wednesday’s note says simply: “That’s a wrap!” So principal photography on Cloverfield is over, and thus ends the flow of information gleaned through on-set snooping. We leave it to the growing universe of Cloverfield blogs to extract every last bit of data from this document.

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J.J. Abrams’s ‘Cloverfield’ Wraps — and We’ve Got the Call Sheet That Might Spoil the Ending