It’s been almost eight years since J.J. Abrams’ disaster flick Cloverfield opened, and now we’re finally getting a sequel — and here’s the first trailer.
Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle has been working on a mysterious post-apocalyptic thriller tentatively titled Valencia and The Cellar for a while, but now we know the real name of the project: 10 Cloverfield Lane. The story looks to be a very different spin on the original film, which tracked a group of friends as they tried to survive a monstrous attack on a city. Lane revolves around a young woman who wakes up in a bunker and is being kept there by a stranger, who tells her the world above has ended.
Abrams was involved in a producing capacity, and the film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (Portal: No Escape). They kept the truth about the project under wraps as long as possible, and with the flick already in the can, it’s set to open in less than two months, on March 11. Surprise!
After news of the project was confirmed, Abrams had this to say to Collider about the approach:
“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.”
It’s a fascinating premise, and stars John Goodman as the man and Elizabeth Winstead as the young woman. Winstead had previously said the story is essentially a mysterious thriller, as her character tries to figure out the truth and determine if the story she’s been fed is actually real. Of course, that was before we knew it took place within the world and continuity of Cloverfield.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: