A brand new project, held in complete and utter secrecy right up until the last possible minute? Yup, sounds like Abrams is involved.
There is, apparently, a new and mysterious trailer attached to the film 13 Hours (which means I’ll never see it) for a project called “10 Cloverfield Lane.” It stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. There’s only a shaky, handheld camera version of the trailer online – which honestly, is probably on purpose. Check it out:
And here’s a quote that Collider tells us is directly from J.J. himself:
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.
So – spiritual successor to Cloverfield? Actual sequel? We’re not sure. Honestly, either the trailer above gives away most of the movie, or what we’re seeing is only the very beginning of the film, with the rest of it following Winstead’s character as she tries to survive whatever’s out there. Given that the creature from Cloverfield might have left some of it’s weird parasite-y babies behind, it’s certainly possible that this is an actual sequel, although a brief glance at the writers in the credits shows that Matt Reeves isn’t involved, so this could just be a rebranding of an unrelated story to get people into the theater.
It is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who directed Portal: No Escape, a fantastic fan film from a few years back, so that’s exciting.
The plot, which given that it’s Abrams could be entirely a red herring, supposedly is about an older man (John Goodman) who saves a young woman from a car crash and tells her they are the last survivors of a chemical attack.
We’ll have more for you as we find out more.