A couple of days ago, JJ Abrams commented ever so briefly on the websites surrounding his upcoming movie being release on 1/18/08. Here’s what he said:
“For what it’s worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the 1-18-08.com site. The others (like the Ethan Haas sites) have nothing to do with us.”
For his full quote you can click here. I’m not completely convinced that the Ethan Haas websites are unrelated, but it is interesting that Abrams definitely implies that there are other websites out there. The biggest indication that the Ethan Haas websites are related to Cloverfield or 1-18-08 or whatever his movie is going to be called, is that Paramount has been telling YouTube to remove the video clips found on ethanhaaswasright.com, just like they were removing all of the pirated copies of the 1-18-08 trailer. Perhaps it’s some other Paramount-related movie or video game.
Speaking of related websites, there seems to be one that is almost definitely related to the film – http://slusho.jp/. You’re not necessarily going to learn much about the movie on the Slusho site, but it is apparently one of the “hidden” websites. About 52 seconds into the trailer, you can see one of the characters is wearing a Slusho shirt. More info on this development here and here.
JJ Abrams is slated to appear at the Comic-Con Conference (redundancy?) in San Diego in a couple of weeks. He’s appearing with others from Paramount to preview upcoming movies, so maybe he’ll get cornered and give some answers about the movie then. We shall see…