The first trailer for the sequel to the 2008 found footage monster movie Cloverfield dropped the other day and it looked surprisingly different from its predecessor, but still had an air of intrigue around it and seemed like something worth checking out.
10 Cloverfield Lane stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr, and takes place inside a basement during the aftermath of a “chemical attack”. Producer and Star Wars maestro J.J. Abrams referred to the film as a “blood relative” to Cloverfield, but now sources online are leaking that it might not be so closely related.
Is it a sequel? Not really. Does it take place in the same universe? Maybe. A reddit post claims we’re being duped into believing this has anything to do with the first film.
This film was originally made under the names Valencia and The Cellar for Paramounts Insurge division(a subsidiary for films made for under 5 million dollars like The Devil Inside), and when Paramount closed it down, this movie(shot and completed) was thrown out to the wind and orphaned. Paramount bought it back up and had Dan Casey and Damien Chazelle do some re-writes so that it would connect to the Cloverfield universe and they went back and did reshoots and add-ons in March 2015 in New Orleans and L.A.
This is a cash grab by Paramount so that they could make some quick bucks off of this film(which probably wouldn’t have made a lot of money in its original non-Cloverfield incarnation). They are trying to spin this into something its really not. The budget is only 5 million dollars and they are releasing it in IMAX to make a little extra dough.
Also take into account that no one from the original Cloverfield is working on this(aside from JJ Abrams, who was really just responsible for pitching the first movie to Paramount) and The original film was very much Drew Goddard and Matt Reeve’s vision.
The user, who says they have the screenplay for The Cellar, claims there is no mention of any monster (you can read the original ending right here). There is some speculation that a new ending has been tacked on that would include the same city smashing critter from Cloverfield, thus tying the two films together.
Something like this isn’t unheard of in Hollywood and honestly, it’s not really that big of a deal. The trailer looks pretty solid and with the cast included, there’s reason to believe it will be watchable. If anything, J.J. Abrams put his stamp on it and hopefully that still means something.
Check out the trailer below: