If you want to know the absolutely truth…I was so excited and jittery last night when word of this first came down, that I simply couldn’t write up the news. That’s how much I’ve been anxiously awaiting another Cloverfield movie. I’ve been hooked on Cloverfield since the secretive marketing began before it’s launch in 2008, and I immediately loved the film itself when I saw it. It’s been a long time, however, and every time it seemed like a sequel was happening our hopes were dashed.
So imagine my surprise when we find out that JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot company has secretly been making a follow-up that no one knew about, and attached a trailer (also in secret) to the release of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. A damn fine trailer, I might add:
Everything seems to start off just fine, but we quickly see that not everything is as nice as it seems. In fact, it’s plain to see that something very wrong is happening. While we don’t know much about the overall plot, we’ve had some information for over a year now, back when everyone thought it was a small film called Valencia. Mary Elizabeth Winstead said this about the film:
“It’s basically my character wakes up in a cellar and I’m being kept down there by John Goodman. He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarity to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”
Interesting. While this still doesn’t seem to tie into Cloverfield, the use of the name is no coincidence. JJ Abrams spoke with Collider about it briefly last night:
“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.”
Blood relative seems an odd way of phrasing it, but based on the trailer and information, it sounds like this is a new and unique story set WITHIN the world of Cloverfield, where a giant monster is reeking havoc on the world above. So no, it’s not a direct sequel, but I’m MORE than excited to see how this new story plays out, especially after such a great trailer. Better yet, the film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the creator behind that amazing Portal short film a couple years back.
Best of all, we won’t have to wait long. 10 Cloverfield Lane is set to hit theaters March 11, 2016. What do you guys think of all this?