In 2008 J.J. Abrams produced the film Cloverfield that followed six young New York City residents attending a going-away party on the night that a gigantic monster attacks the city. The movie was presented as found footage from a personal video camera recovered by the United States Department of Defense.
The movie was a success with critics and it did pretty well in the box office raising $170,602,318 worldwide against a budget of $25 million.
Now after years of rumors about a sequel being considered, we finally have the first trailer for the follow up film title 10 Cloverfield Lane, a movie which Abrams calls “a blood relative” to Cloverfield.
The plot of the new film is currently a mystery and it hasn’t been revealed yet if this new film will feature the Cloverfield monster once again, or if it will present a new kind of mystery creature attacking the world or if it would show any monsters at all.
The new movie stars only 3 people 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.
Along with the new trailer the premise for the film was revealed as the following:
‘’After a car accident, a young woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, whatever dangers she may face outside.’’
Actress Elizabeth Winstead explains further, saying, “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.”
Abrams has confirmed that the film, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, is set in the same universe as his 2008 monster movie Cloverfield.
“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield,” Abrams told Collider. “The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
Judging from the trailer the movie appears to ditch Cloverfield’s “found footage” approach that director Matt Reeves used in the original. So far the major rumors are that this new film will build the Cloverfield name into an anthology of films that are thematically similar but not related by plot.
The trailer starts off jaunty and cheery, showing a family just enjoying a day inside their home while “I Think We’re Alone Now” plays. Then it becomes sinister. Something’s not right, and whatever it is, John Goodman is determined to make sure Mary Elizabeth Winstead doesn’t leave their house to find out.
Cloverfield Lane is set for US release on March 11, 2016 in regular theaters and IMAX.