About a month ago, the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane surprised everybody with its theatrical debut. All over the internet there were hype pieces and fan theories of what the story will entail. It’s pretty much safe to say that most people who saw the trailer were thinking the same thing: “how can a movie involving John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a basement possibly relate to a found footage film about a giant monster?” The possibilities were practically endless. However, according to producer J.J. Abrams, the film is indeed not as connected to the original Cloverfield as many thought it would be.
In an interview with Fandango, J.J. Abrams denied that 10 Cloverfield Lane is a direct sequel or a midquel to the first film. When asked if it took place during the events of the first film, Abrams said:
“No it doesn’t, but there’s a larger thing at play with these connections. And the fun of it is that some of these connections – and there’s a lot of them – are not the kind of connections you might think. So if you’re approaching it as a literal sequel, you’ll be surprised to see what this movie is.”
Abrams already described the film to Collider as merely a “Blood Relative” of Cloverfield, but considering the hype that’s been surrounding it, Abrams clearly wanted to make sure there was no confusion here.
Abrams added that the famous monster from the first Cloverfield would be replaced by a new monster.
“The story of this movie – and it came to us originally as a spec that was very different in a lot of ways and an unrelated thing altogether – is definitely about different kinds of monsters. And while the Cloverfield monster isn’t in this movie, there’s a new monster and there’s something else that happens… but I don’t want to ruin the ending.”
Abrams plan to tell a practically unrelated story in the same universe as the original are indeed ambitious. On the other hand, how will is plan be received by audiences?
Back in 1982, Halloween 3 confused audiences when it did not feature a trace of Michael Myers. John Carpenter originally intended to do an anthology series about the holiday itself rather than an ongoing story about Michael Myers. Needless to say, the reception that his new direction got was enough to make Hollywood churn out five more films with Michael Myers that only got worse as they went on. Of course, the internet wasn’t a thing in 1982, so more people should be able to pick up on Abrams’ ambitions in 2016.
Of course, J.J. Abrams also kept quiet on Benidict Cumberbatch playing Kahn in Star Trek: Into Darkness, but he has since regretted the secrecy. Who knows what will happen? All we can do is mark our calendars for March 11, 2016 and see what happens then.