‘Cloverfield’ Director Starry-Eyed Over ‘Trek’ Trailer, Footage

You could count on one hand the number of people who have watched the top-secret “Star Trek” that will be unveiled next month; even fewer fingers, most likely, would be needed to take stock of those who’ve seen dailies from the December ’08 release. Writer/director Matt Reeves, however, is one of the chosen few.

“Way back, J.J. was like ’When ’Cloverfield’ comes out, ’Star Trek’ will be on it,'” Reeves said of his mysterious monster flick, which will hit theaters on 1.18.08 with the “Trek” trailer attached. “I was like ’That’s a terrific idea; that’s exciting’. So, I’ve known for a long, long, time that was their plan, and I’ve just recently seen bits of the teaser. I think it’s amazing, and it looks pretty incredible.”

Abrams is a producer on “Cloverfield,” and one of the main driving forces behind its unorthodox advertising campaign. Reeves, meanwhile, has been friends with the pop-culture-icon since they teamed up for “Felicity.” These days, he’s busy at work attaching trailers for his friend’s much-anticipated movie on to the front of his own.

“I think people are going to be very excited,” he said, offering a sneak preview. “It’s a teaser, you know, it’s a teaser trailer. But still, I was like ’Wow!’ Just the scope of it, the scale of it, you just look at it and it’s so elegantly done.”

Having witnessed Abrams’ mindset as he tries to re-assemble one of film’s greatest franchises, Reeves said: “It’s one of those things where J.J. has a lot of ideas come out of [the fact that] he has a very simple, forceful way to express himself while capturing people’s imaginations. I think what [he and his producers] are doing with the trailer is fantastic; this is a great way to reboot the franchise, and get people excited about something new.”

The teaser trailer is so thrilling, in fact, that Reeves admitted to having some difficulty stifling his inner fanboy. “That’s what excited me about seeing the trailer, was that I thought ’Well, this does look completely different and new,'” he marveled. “But while having all the stuff that will make fans of ’Star Trek’ still feel fulfilled.”

As if that doesn’t make us jealous enough, Reeves revealed that he has also seen entire, completed scenes from the assembled dailies. “I’ve seen little bits of the movie too, and I feel that way as well,” the director said. “He’s doing an amazing job; it’s very exciting. It’s not your grandfather’s ’Star Trek,’ that’s for sure.”

Will you be doing the ol’ “Wing Commander” trick of watching the “Trek” trailer and then sneaking into a different theater’s main program? Or are you looking forward to “Cloverfield” just as much? Weigh in with your plans below!