Yesterday, fans were treated to a surprise trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which many have speculated is a sequel to the 2008 hit Cloverfield. There is still very little we know about the story, but since both 10 Cloverfield Lane and Cloverfield were produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, many assume there is some sort of connection between the two. Earlier today, a Reddit user cleared the air about this mysterious project, revealing that it may not be a direct sequel, but it is set in the same Cloverfield universe.
"This film was originally made under the names Valencia and The Cellar for Paramount's Insurge division (a subsidiary for films made for under 5 million dollars like The Devil Inside), and when Paramount closed it down, this movie (shot and completed) was thrown out to the wind and orphaned. Paramount bought it back up and had Daniel Casey and Damien Chazelle do some re-writes so that it would connect to the Cloverfield universe and they went back and did reshoots and add-ons in March 2015 in New Orleans and L.A. This is a cash grab by Paramount so that they could make some quick bucks off of this film (which probably wouldn't have made a lot of money in its original non-Cloverfield incarnation). They are trying to spin this into something its really not. The budget is only 5 million dollars and they are releasing it in IMAX to make a little extra dough. Also take into account that no one from the original Cloverfield is working on this (aside from J.J. Abrams, who was really just responsible for pitching the first movie to Paramount) and the original film was very much Drew Goddard and Matt Reeves' vision."
This new movie stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the somewhat lesser known John Gallagher Jr., and doesn't feature any of the original Cloverfield stars such as Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable and T.J. Miller. The other major difference from Cloverfield is this movie has eschewed the found footage format. Here's what director J.J. Abrams had to say about this project.
"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."
Much like the original trailer for Cloverfield, the first look at 10 Cloverfield Lane came completely out of the blue. The first Cloverfield footage didn't even have a title when it was attached to Transformers back in 2007. Thankfully, this trailer actually revealed the title, but there is still so much we don't know about this project. Hitfix's Drew McWeeny also chimed in with new details about the project through his Twitter page.
"Just imagine this is a shot at creating Bad Robot's anthology banner. "If it says Cloverfield on it, you can expect twists and wild ideas."
10 Cloverfield Lane was directed by Dan Trachtenberg in his feature film debut. He is best known for directing the fan film Portal: No Escape back in 2011, which received plenty of critical acclaim upon its release. What do you think about 10 Cloverfield Lane being connected to the original Cloverfield? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on 10 Cloverfield Lane.