*TEXT from IGN
Little is known about 10 Cloverfield Lane in terms of how it might connect to Cloverfield, the 2008 found-footage hit from producer Abrams and director Matt Reeves and writer Drew Goddard. Paramount and Abrams released a statement after the trailer hit on Thursday night, with Abrams saying, “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.” Fueling the flames of speculation that pegged this as a Cloverfield sequel was the surprise launch of the trailer, which tracked with the very memorable and equally surprising preview for the first film back in 2007. Plus, that Statue of Liberty-decapitating piece debuted in front of another Bay film, the original Transformers.
But what does “blood relative” actually mean? Many have assumed that 10 Cloverfield Lane will be a direct sequel to the earlier film, set in the same world where a giant monster (or monsters?) is running amuck. Certainly, the new trailer would allow for that possibility, with its depiction of three people (Mary Elizabeth Winstead,John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr.) who are seemingly living in a bomb shelter of some kind, fearful of what exists up above ground. Could they be survivors of the Cloverfield monster’s rampage?
Sure, they could be. But it seems more likely that the new film is a spiritual successor to the spooky/freaky/weird vibe of the Reeves film. Some have speculated that Abrams could be creating an anthology series that will operate under the “Cloverfield” name, but with the films in the series not being specifically connected to one another beyond that and their genre bent. (It should be noted that neither Reeves nor Goddard appear to have been involved with 10 Cloverfield Lane. If this was a true sequel to their film, one would expect a producer credit at the very least for Reeves.)