So far we know that the Dan Trachtenberg-directed 10 Cloverfield Lane is a blood-relative to Cloverfield – which was directed by Matt Reeves. Producer J.J. Abrams made that abundantly clear when a surprise trailer made its debut in theaters alongside 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi earlier this year. But just sharing the name has a few thinking that the new film is a direct sequel to the 2008 sci-fi hit.
Now Abrams wants to clear the air. Despite the fact that the two films share the same name, and the characters are in the same world as the first Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane is not “Cloverfield 2.” It’s just 10 Cloverfield Lane. Check out what he had to say here below.
In an interview with Fandango, says there is an association between the two Cloverfield films, but that they are different from each other, which is why he called the sequel a “blood-relative.”
“This movie 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.”
But doesn’t connections mean that it is a sequel? After all, the viral marketing for this follow-up clearly uses ties and links from different aspects of the first film. But like the viral marketing for the first film, the one for 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t offer too many answers to begin with, and the answers that are given are vague at best. Still, Abrams offers an oblique answer to those burning questions about the connections between the two films:
“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.”
So there is a deeper more meaningful connection between these two films that is probably bigger than just a 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.”
10 Cloverfield Lane hits theaters on on March 11, 2016.