Well, this certainly is a surprise. Perhaps even a bigger surprise than the original Cloverfield trailer, which appeared out of nowhere back in 2008. Paramount decided to nonchalantly release a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane attached to Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. It's a thriller from producer J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production team, and comes from director Dan Trachtenberg. And as soon as audiences saw it appear on the big screen, they began suspected that it was the long awaited Cloverfield 2.
Though, there are some noticeable differences. 10 Cloverfield Lane has a pretty impressive cast, where the first Cloverfield movie featured mostly unknowns at the time. Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller have certainly gone onto bigger and better things since the original hit over eight years ago. But this film stars the well established John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the somewhat lesser known John Gallagher Jr. The other big difference is this is not a found footage thriller. It's an honest to god movie. And it looks all the better for it.
When the trailer first unspools, it looks nothing like a monster movie. It looks like a fun family film as John Goodman and what we assume are his kids enjoy a game night full of puzzles and video games. We soon realize they're in a bomb shelter. And when Lizzy Caplan decides she's had enough, we accept that we're probably back in the world of Cloverfield, especially when John Goodman yells his dire waring.
Some have speculated that this isn't a sequel at all, and that everything revolving around the production of the movie pointed to it being an original thriller with another unique mystery box twist. But no one suspected that it would have direct ties to the original Cloverfield. What does Abrams have to say about the movie since the trailer was released?
"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."
Interesting to note, the film was originally titled Valencia. There have been test screenings for that movie. And someone who was at one of those test screenings confirms that this isn't a direct sequel to it at all. Instead, this is Bad Robot's idea of an 'anthology' series of films, and what ties them all together is unexpected twists and wild ideas. Here's the trailer. You can decide for yourself. Is this Cloverfield 2. Or something completely different? Everything we're seeing this morning points to something completely different.