Surprise! J.J. Abrams Made a 'Cloverfield' Spin-off and Here's the Trailer

Surprise! J.J. Abrams Made a 'Cloverfield' Spin-off and Here's the Trailer

Jan 15, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane

J.J. Abrams is known for his "mystery box" theory, which sprang from the way that his grandfather shared new ideas with him, opening up radios and other devices to show him how they worked. He expounded on the theory in a TED talk that he gave in March 2007, which you can watch below. (By the way, it includes a brief discussion of the "mystery boxes" in Star Wars.)


Abrams put the theory to good use that very year during the production of Cloverfield, which kept its premise and plot details in hiding. The movie's found-footage perspective of a giant monster attacking New York City proved to be quite successful. Now Abrams and his team have done it again, with a followup that comes as (almost) a complete surprise. Here's the first trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane.


John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. (TV's The Newsroom) star in the movie. The trailer follows the three as they are enjoying time together indoors before something happens, making good use of the song "I Think We're Alone Now," likely the original version by Tommy James and the Shondells. It raises plenty of questions: what's the relationship between the characters? Why are they indoors? What happens to keep them there? Why is Winstead using a crutch near the end? How does Goodman know "something's coming"?

It's a great trailer for a project that was developed under the title Valencia. Is it a sequel? Abrams told Collider: "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.”

10 Cloverfield Lane

In an interview last year, Winstead shared: “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. … 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. "

Dan Trachtenberg directed; he first came to notable attention via his excellent short film Portal: No Escape. Based on this trailer, we can't wait until 10 Cloverfield Lane opens in theaters on March 11. Check out the poster below.


And here's the original poster for Cloverfield. See the similarities?


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