The mystery box is now open, so to speak, and there's no hiding it anymore. After eight long years, Cloverfield is finally getting a followup. But in standard J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions fashion, we're not quite certain what kind of a sequel - if it can even be considered that - 10 Cloverfield Lane really is.
Just hours ago, reports from moviegoers began spreading across social media that attached to Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was a secret trailer for another Paramount Pictures release, but one that no one had heard of before. Abrams - who's producing the film - confirmed suspicions and quickly thereafter, the trailer was officially released.
The 10 Cloverfield Lane title was impressively kept intentionally hidden for as long as possible, and from Abrams' words to Collider (below), the film was potentially an idea they had while making the original Cloverfield. Given how that found footage monster epic ended, there was so much potential for all sorts of sequels. Its director, Matt Reeves, move onto helming Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the currently shooting War for the Planet of the Apes and there was seemingly no development on Cloverfield 2.
"The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible."
Bad Robot did have something else in the works however, a small budget film titled Valencia, directed by Dan Trachtenberg (Totally Rad Show, Portal: No Escape). All we knew about it is that it starred only three actors (John Gallagher Jr., John Goodman, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and had the following description:
The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. 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.
We can see now what's really going on. Goodman's character is hiding the truth, that the world outside is post-apocalyptic as a result of the Cloverfield monster(s). This film seems to be just one isolated story taking place in the same world, years after the events of Cloverfield. Its an exciting and unique way to continue the franchise but while playing in a different genre and a different shooting style. Gone is the found footage gimmick, replaced with traditional shooting, but locked within the confines of the bunker.
It's difficult to know how much of the film truly takes place in this setting or if they eventually get out, if at all. Perhaps if the monster makes any sort of appearance, it'll only be at the very end, leaving moviegoers hanging once again. It won't be long until we found out though. Amazingly, 10 Cloverfield Lane opens in just three months.
And with Abrams producing, Bad Robot behind it, and a screenplay by Josh Campell & Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle (writer and director of Whiplash), this take on Cloverfield is one to get excited for.
Keep an eye on the official website http://www.10CloverfieldLane.com returns an Invalid URL but for we all know, and given this project's origins, it could even be a start of some viral marketing campaign.
10 Cloverfield Lane opens in theaters March 11, 2016.