Back in 2008 when the movie Cloverfield came out, no one really knew that it was even in production until a trailer was surprisingly released just prior to it hitting theaters.
Fast forward to Thursday night and a movie with a very similar title suddenly appeared in a trailer in theaters just before Michael Bay’s movie 13 Hours called 10 Cloverfield Lane.
So is this a sequel to the 2008 hit? Not so fast says J.J. Abrams to 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.”
Turns out that for the past two years there was a movie that was already on Paramount’s release schedule for March 11th (when 10 Cloverfield Lane will be released), but it was titled either The Cellar or Valencia.
Here’s a brief synopsis…
After a car accident, a young woman comes to 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.
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr. will star in the film and from the looks of the trailer it is set in a post-apocalyptic time frame so there appears to definitely be some sort of tie to the original.
Winstead, star of the independent film Faults, told Collider…
“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. 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.”
Regardless, it definitely looks like a film that many of us are going to want to see.