by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief
UPDATE: Paramount provides some clarification from J.J. Abrams about the trailer:
“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.”
Did that actually clarify anything? I think it’s only created more questions. Is J.J. using the Cloverfield banner to create a brand of film, his own series of mystery box films? Was the film created as something else and they decided during production to make it a Cloverfield film? Did the actors realize they were making a “blood relative” to Matt Reeve’s 2008 film or were they kept in the dark about all of it? When did they realize that they could tie this film into the world they created with their original POV monster film? Is the supposed nuclear attack in the Valencia synopsis a result of events that happened in that first film? I’m frankly so intrigued by all the questions and thank god I’m not going to have to wait long for this film.
So maybe it’s not a sequel, either way I was excited about the film based off of the cast and synopsis back in 2014, I’m twice as excited now. I can’t wait to learn more.
In 2008 Paramount managed to surprise everyone with Cloverfield, a film that launched director Matt Reeves and a cast including T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Lucas.
It’s one thing to sneak a film out under our noses back in 2008 that we didn’t even know existed. It’s a whole other level to sneak a sequel to that film right under our noses.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, there is a sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield and it’s going to be in theaters in less than two months. That’s right, they managed to cast and shoot a follow-up to Cloverfield without anyone knowing what they were up to.
That’s not to say that this is the first we’ve heard of the film. We’ve been writing about the film since the summer of 2014. It was originally being referred to as Valencia and then The Cellar with a plot that was said to focus on a young girl (Winstead) who ends up in a car crash and wakes up in a cellar with a creepy caretaker, played by John Goodman, who tells her a nuclear attack has destroyed the outside world.
Now imagine this scenario with a giant creature (or creatures) stalking around on the surface.
10 Cloverfield Lane is helmed by director Dan Trachtenberg from a script by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.
I can’t wait to find out more about how this all unfolded. Kudos to Bad Robot for being able to surprise us once again!
So what do you think? There’s so much to talk about!!