With the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane only weeks away, many people have been wondering what exactly the sequel will be about and how it connects to the first Cloverfield (2008). JJ Abrams and the people at Bad Robot have been very stingy with the information they’ve doled out. It’s been described as a “blood relative” to the first movie and exists in the same universe, but how much of a connection will we actually see on screen.
The scenes of the cast members (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and Howard Stambler) hiding in a bunker have led to speculation that the thing they’re hiding from is the towering Cloverfield Monster from the first film. However, JJ Abrams has revealed that this just isn’t happening!
In a recent EW interview, Abrams said, “While the Cloverfield Monster isn’t in this movie, there’s a new monster and there’s something else that happens. But I don’t want to ruin the ending.” He goes on to explain just a tiny bit more. “It’s not the monster you expect but there is a monster. The thing I will say about anyone who is going to it expecting to literally see Cloverfield 2—those characters and that monster are not in this movie, but there are other characters and other monsters.”
Monsters? Plural? What kind of new monster(s) will we see and will they be as cool and creepy as the Manhattan-smashing Clovie from the previous film? How will they be related to Clovie? Will those little parasite crawlers from the first one still be skittering around? Or perhaps the use of the word “monster’ is just metaphorical and the only monsters we’ll see will be humans driven to brutality by fear and desperation.
Abrams explains, “It became clear as we were working on the movie, this could be something that is not the sequel that anyone might expect. It’s not the continuation of the story that people might think of but it was so clearly associated.”
We do know that this movie won’t be a found-footage project (it was originally filmed as The Cellar, and wasn’t connected to Cloverfield at all when it was conceived.) Abrams is being very vague about it all, which is clever because the curiosity has got people talking. He does tell us the following… “We began developing this story and we came upon some things where it was clear to us that we were in a very interesting place, because the story was wholly original, a very different situation, different characters from anything we’ve done. But the spirit of it, the genre of it, the heart of it, the fear factor, the comedy factor, the weirdness factor; there were so many elements that felt like the DNA of this story were of the same place that Cloverfield was born.”
Abrams also adds, “We very intentionally didn’t call this Cloverfield 2 but we realized there was enough of a connection and the move was good enough that it warranted this association in a way we think is justified and exciting.” He admits that he hopes this film gives fans “that fix, that thrill they might be looking for”.
Will we get our “fix” from this? We don’t have long to wait until we find out. The semi-sequel—if that’s the correct term—will be out on March 11th.