A Cloverfield sequel has been rumored for quite some time, ever since the found-footage monster film opened in January of 2008. It seems the idea for a sequel has never left the mind of J.J. Abrams, and the mystery box still seems to be in full effect with the out-of-nowhere release of a trailer for the movie set to release on March 11. 10 Cloverfield Lane is Cloverfield‘s “blood relative,” according to Abrams in a statement to Collider.
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. appear to make up the cast for this film; at least, those are the only three faces viewers get to see in the trailer. For all audiences know, dozens more could be in the film and may be revealed in later trailers. But, this one begins simply enough, with the three playing board games in what looks like an underground cellar decorated to resemble a home of a loving family. Right off the bat, the found-footage direction style of the first Cloverfield is nowhere to be found, as this appears to be shot like a conventional narrative.
10 Cloverfield Lane was produced by Abrams and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, written by Matt Stuecken, Josh Campbell, and Damien Chazelle.
“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield,” Abrams said. “The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
Here’s the ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Poster:
While promoting the independent film Faults, Winstead revealed that the story for this film centers on a woman being kept in an underground cellar by a complete stranger.
“He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarities to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”
10 Cloverfield Lane may be taking place years after the incident in the first Cloverfield film, but that has yet to be confirmed. As far as a timeline for this film and when exactly it’s taking place, that information is being kept under wraps. The trailer for this Cloverfield follow-up apparently debuted during some recent screenings of Michael Bay’s newest film 13 Hours.
The month of March is going to be quite a hectic time for geeks everywhere. Not only is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being released the same weekend as Marvel/Netflix’s Daredevil, fanboys can also add 10 Cloverfield Lane to their schedule.
Source(s): Collider & Tribeca Film Festival