Earlier this year when the J.J. Abrams produced, Dan Trachtenberg directed 10 Cloverfield Lane offered its first glimpse to the world, fans of the original Cloverfield were ecstatic. The arrival of the new film’s trailer had seemingly come out of nowhere and promised a brand new Cloverfield film by this March.
As the dust began to settle from this initial surprise however, questions began to arise as to whether or not this new film was in fact, what it claimed to be. With its tiny $5 million budget, there was concern a proper monster movie couldn’t be adequately delivered and that Abrams and Co. weren’t quite being upfront about something.
The truth of the matter is that Abrams and Co. aren’t being upfront about something – and that’s exactly what adds to the intrigue of the upcoming film. What’s more, Abrams has spoken up in a recent interview with EW about the possibility of there being a third Cloverfield film in the works -- though he was careful not to say too much.
"This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now. There is something else that we’d like to do, and hopefully we’ll get a shot."
When asked if 10 Cloverfield Lane had any connection at all to the original film, Abrams was once again reluctant to delve too far into either that topic or the possibility that even three Cloverfield films would completely connect together.
"I think that would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories."
With the recent commencement of a viral marketing campaign, 10 Cloverfield Lane has treaded into similar waters as its namesake. Abrams has previously referred to the film as "a blood relative" to the original 2008 story, meaning 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t necessarily have immediate ties to the original. In keeping with the concept of loose connections, Abram’s production of the forthcoming The God Particle – a film which takes place in space -- has potentially hinted at a connection to 10 Cloverfield Lane via an audio file from a space station, found as a result of 10 Cloverfield Lane’s viral marketing. The God Particle won’t arrive until 2017 and at present there is nothing more than conjecture to suggest this could be the third Cloverfield film.
It’s certainly exciting to consider Cloverfield as a trilogy. As it stands, the marketing of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane are undeniably fascinating. Whether or not a third Cloverfield film does in fact arrive, Abrams has helped to create an immersive experience that could very well be a future model for a new genre of filmmaking.
10 Cloverfield Lane arrives in theaters on March 11, 2016.