If there’s one good thing that Michael Bay’s 13 Hours brought us, it’s a surprise look at J.J. Abrams’ secret follow-up to Matt Reeves’ totally rad found-footage spectacle, Cloverfield. Abrams was the mastermind behind the 2008 hit, producing and developing the concept, which spawned some of the best viral marketing I’ve personally ever seen and one monster of a narrative about New York City’s deadly dance with a colossal creature. We’ve been waiting for word on a sequel ever since, and the sci-fi creator just went full Beyoncé on us with a brand-new trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the film is not a direct sequel to Cloverfield, but more so a spiritual follow-up. It was originally reported that the director was helming Valencia for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, but news broke yesterday that it was in fact 10 Cloverfield Lane, and not only had they been in production, but attached a trailer to 13 Hours. ZURPRISE! (This is actually a very fitting move, as the initial Cloverfield teaser was attached to Transformers in 2007.)
Speaking with Collider about the new film, Abrams briefly touched on the film’s development and how important it was to keep it under wraps. “The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield,” he told them. “The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.” It’s quite remarkable that Abrams and Bad Robot were able to keep this close to the chest. With so much secrecy around the film, it’s fair to assume that we’re in for another wild rollout and an even wilder film.
It stars the ever-brilliant John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the first trailer sets us up with a lighthearted introduction followed by a grim conclusion. “After a car accident, a young woman comes to in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place,” the synopsis reads. “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.”
If you’re already salivating at the thought of this, don’t fret! 10 Cloverfield Lane lands in theaters March 11. I’m, for one, fucking ecstatic. Check out the trailer up top and let us know what you think about this surprise development.
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