The short answer: Probably not.
Bad Robot seems to have secretly made a “blood relative to Colverfield” (as Producer JJ Abrams calls it) titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, that’s set to release on March 11th.
I can’t think of another film of this caliber to be announced in this way just months before it’s release.
The trailer surprised audiences who went to see Michael Bay’s 13 Hours last night, as it unexpectedly debuted before the film. Everyone proceeded to go nuts on social media, and since then Paramount has officially released the trailer online.
JJ Abrams created a lot of buzz with the mystery around the first Cloverfield film when the original trailer hit, so it’s no surprise that this sequel seemingly came out of nowhere.
It was previously known as Valencia during production and is directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
Slashfilm reports that a member who participated in a test screening for Valencia says it was the same film as the footage shown in the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer, but it’s more of a “cousin” than a sequel to the original Cloverfield.
It appears that the “Cloverfield” title is simply there to link the original and 10 Cloverfield Lane in spirit, rather than simply indicating that the monster from the first film will make a return. If this holds true, it could mean we may begin to see a series of films with the “Cloverfield” name.
Here’s the original synopsis for the film when the script (written by Josh Campbell and Matt Steucken) was known as “The Cellar”.
Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.
If the way 10 Cloverfield Lane was announced wasn’t exciting enough, then you’ll be happy to know the film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. And while it worked in 2008’s Cloverfield, I’m also happy to report that there are no signs in the trailer of this film being part of the found footage genre.
As mentioned previously, the film is directed by Dan Tractenberg whom you may remember from The Totally Rad Show and for directing that pretty great Portal fan film from a few years ago.
Here’s that short for those that haven’t seen it yet.
Who plans on seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane when it hits theaters March 11th?