For all those people (myself included) who have spent hours or even days trying to crack the codes included within those two mysterious Cloverfield websites -- EthanHaasWasRight and EthanHaasWasWrong -- I've got two words for you: Stop now. That's because producer J.J. Abrams stopped by AICN and told the fantastical Harry Knowles that those sites have "nothing to do with us" (meaning the film). Yup, I'm not kidding. We've received a ton of emails from folks wondering how we knew in the first place that those sites were linked up to Cloverfield. Well, the short answer is ... we didn't. We were following a rumor that another reliable site had posted -- coupled with the fact that Paramount was removing those Ethan Haas-related videos off YouTube and every other movie blog on the planet was reporting the same stuff, all lead us to believe that what we were looking at was in some way related to Cloverfield (or Slusho).
Interestingly enough, Abrams alludes to the fact that there are more websites out there and we just haven't discovered them yet. He tells AICN: "Regarding the online stuff you posted: yeah, we're doing some fun stuff on the web. But, obviously, if the movie doesn't kick some massive ASS, who gives a rat's about what's online? So as you can imagine, we're focusing mostly on THAT. For what it's worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the 1-18-08.com site." He doesn't tell us anything else about the film, but I'm glad he showed up to put the kibosh on Ethan Haas once and for all. So now you have a new mission: find those other sites. But beware -- now that this news is out, you know there will be several people out there creating fake sites to throw you off. In the meantime, those of you who missed the official trailer can now check it out over here (in glorious HD). Oh, and if you do stumble across a legit Cloverfield site, don't forget about your friends here at Cinematical. Smiley face.