By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
JJ Abrams pulled a fast one on everyone by releasing a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, but Abrams confirmed it isn’t a direct sequel. In fact, it may not even exist in the same universe.
Speaking with Fandango Abrams flat out said that the film was not Cloverfield 2. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“[10 Cloverfield Lane] is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it’s not Cloverfield 2. The association is clear and there are multiple connections – and there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection.”
That seems to track with several theories that Cloverfield is an anthology type series. A test audience member had tweeted that the film he saw was not a sequel, so I wonder what the connective tissue between the two films will be. Another theory was that the events of this movie happen simultaneously with the original Cloverfield, but Abrams dismisses that.
“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. But while it’s not what you might expect from a movie that has the name ‘Cloverfield’ in it, I think you’ll find that you’ll understand the connection when you see the whole thing.”
That is so cryptic that I really have no theories what those connections are. The only real connections I know of are the Tagruato company and the Slusho drink — like the first film, 10 Cloverfield Lane has an ARG providing clues; read about those here and here. If that is what ties the films together then Star Trek would also tie into it, as Slusho appears in that film as well, and even a fun little Heroes cameo around 2007.
There is also the fact that the screenplay Bad Robot originally received was called The Cellar and had nothing to do with Cloverfield. This isn’t the first time a screenplay has been reworked to fit into a franchise (I, Robot was originally a script called Hardwired, for example), but the Cloverfield monster wasn’t worked into 10 Cloverfield Lane.
“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.”
Meanwhile, over at Entertainment Weekly, Abrams confirmed that there is a third film already in development. Here’s what he told the magazine when asked if 10 Cloverfield Lane was part of an anthology series:
“I think that would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories.”
But just because they have an idea for a third film, doesn’t mean it’s really being pursued.
“This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now. There is something else that we’d like to do, and hopefully we’ll get a shot.”
10 Cloverfield Lane will premiere in theaters on March 11.