Moviegoers attending an early screening of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, were treated to a surprise by Paramount Pictures.
The surprise came in the form of a brand new trailer for director Dan Trachtenberg‘s upcoming thriller, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Originally called The Cellar and later Valencia, it appears that Paramount and Bad Robot have thrown fans a curveball and are set to release a sequel to Matt Reeves’s epic found footage 2008 sci-fi hit Cloverfield.
It didn't take long until a bootlegged version of the trailer appeared online, and it's happened so quickly that many suspect it to be a ploy by the marketing team.
Thankfully, slashfilm are reporting that a HD version of the trailer will be online tonight. Until then, quench your thirst and check out the secretive film trailer below.
UPDATE: An official HD Version has now been uploaded. Watch that below:
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr, it looks like J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have been secretly developing the follow up to Cloverfield for quite some time.
Although many are excited with the bombshell announcement, the trailer has led to many wondering if the film is an independent film, direct sequel, or rather set inside the same universe.
Just imagine this is a shot at creating Bad Robot's anthology banner. "If it says Cloverfield on it, you can expect twists and wild ideas."— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) January 15, 2016
This idea of a 'cousin' film that fits into the same universe, was seemingly confirmed by none other than J.J. Abrams in a statement to collider.
“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.”
Back in 2014, reports were circulating the internet about the synopsis of the film, which back then was titled The Cellar.
Written by Josh Campbell and Matt Steucken, with an apparent extensive rewrite by Damien Chazelle, the film was touted to follow the story of a girl who, after losing consciousness in a car accident, awakes to find herself in a cellar seemingly safe from the outside post-apocalyptic world. Her captor has informed her that the world has been ruined by nuclear warfare, but she doesn't know what to believe.
“Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.”
Back in 2007, Cloverfield infamously attached its trailer to Michael Bay’s film Transformers. The trailer was similarly mysterious, and was a large factor in the success of the film.
Like the above trailer, it explained very little of the actual of plot of the film. They instead chose to blaze the release date, and the words 'from executive producer J.J. Abrams, across the screen to whet fans' appetites.
Fast forward eight years, and it looks like their marketing campaign has worked again, with eager fans who witnessed the trailer already taking to twitter to share their excitement.
Apparently there's a Cloverfield sequel that has gone unannounced until the previews for 13 hours. I'm so hyped right now.— Baylon Northup (@Southdown32) January 15, 2016
CLOVERFIELD FUCKING 2!?! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?! HOLLLLYYYYYYY SHIT! HOLLLLLYYYYYY SHIT! FUCK YEAH— Jonny Martinez (@jonnymartinez09) January 15, 2016
I think I just saw a CLOVERFIELD 2 trailer...what the fuck— Austin Gorski (@agorski04) January 15, 2016
So I saw a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane. WHAT THE FUCK! had no idea Cloverfield had a sequel! Big surprise. So happy I didn't know ahead.— The Gor Awakens (@Goracus) January 15, 2016
Of course, as Abrams stated, the film will be a 'blood relative' to the original Cloverfield. This leaves us with a lot of questions. Will there be monsters? Is it set in NYC? Is it during the same time period, or years later?
Unfortunately, I doubt we'll get any answers. Our best bet is to hit theaters March 11th 2016, and check out what 10 Cloverfield Lane has to offer...