“10 Cloverfield Lane.”

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Not since the masterpiece “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has J.J. Abrams created more buzz for a film. The surprise release today of the trailer (see below) for a film entitled “10 Cloverfield Lane” has the whole web buzzing. Is this a sequel to 2008’s found film monster film “Cloverfield?” Is it a …prequel? Is it related at all?

I’ve spent the day chewing on these questions. I LOVE “Cloverfield.” And, I was fortunate enough to tell Mr. Abrams during a press junket in Las Vegas during CinemaCon which is the convention for theater owners. I was writing for another website and here is that article. Hollywood pulls out all the stops with the biggest stars they have. In short, the story is this: I was in line second to the last of seven people who were chosen by Paramount. The filmmakers and actors there were Jack Black there with “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Chris Hemsworth was there with “Thor.” And..J.J. Abrams was there with “Super 8.” Below was our passing conversation.

 

J.J. Abrams-J.J. had answered every question imaginable before he got to me, so I changed up. Abrams has 15 projects in one part of production or the other, I wanted to know about ‘Cloverfield 2’.

We are definitely playing with an idea and I do hope it comes to pass. It would be a lot of fun and, of course, it will be a completely different movie. (I tried to bribe him for more information, but apparently he didn’t need the money and has great integrity.

 

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After I told him I wanted to ask about “Cloverfield 2” he laughed and asked me if I liked “Cloverfield” and, of course, I said I did.

So, here’s what I have figured out today in between my doctor’s appointment, my husband’s doctor’s appointment and buying and selling Disney pins on Facebook.

  1. I received three press releases today regarding “10 Cloverfield Lane.” One was the trailer, one was the poster and lastly was the EPK (Electronic Press Kit) with all of the info I was already sent. Three PR emails for one seemingly small film. IMDb reports that budget for  “C2” is 5MM. That’s five million for those of us who don’t have to look at box office takes a few times a week. That’s dirt cheap, especially for a film with John Goodman in it…Amazing.
  2. Where did the name “Cloverfield” come from in the first place. Where is Cloverdale. I got two answers. One of which is the answer and the other one mildly interesting. The first answer is “Cloverfield” is a street that is right near J.J. Abrams offices at “Bad Robot.”  The other Cloverfield I found was the actual address from the film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Horsham Down, New Zealand. I’m thinking the street is where “Cloverfield” came from. But, the New Zealand thing is interesting. Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 12.45.41 AM
  3. I have read this quote from Abrams all over the place but didn’t see where it originally came from      “We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield,” Abrams explained in a statement, revealing the idea came up “a long time ago.” “The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.
  4. Well, my children are my blood relatives as are my grand children. The blood relative of a movie could be a sequel or a prequel or simply the type of cinematography. It’s already been made clear by the trailer that it isn’t a found film, so cinematography  isn’t it.
  5. IMDb examination. Yes, I examine it everyday (Internet Movie Database). I use the pro version so I can get as much info as possible. What I did was compare the two films. There isn’t much info for “10CL” so far, but I did figure this out. Koji Ohmura is a sculptor. He has worked on many horror and sc-fi films including “Super 8” which is a J.J. Abrams film. When you check out “Cloverfield’s” art department you find there are almost 60 names listed as artists and which art they performed in the film. There are about half as many for “10CL,” but there could be more to be added later. This is just interesting info. A horror film would probably need a sculptor and “10CL” has one. They also have some special effects people.
  6. I always check out the ‘trivia’ second of the film I’m researching and here is the answer (seemingly) to the question of what “10 Cloverfield Lane is.” Below is from IMDbPro

Trivia

  • This is the sequel to the 2008 hit.
  • Dan Trachtenberg‘s feature directorial debut.
  • Since Cloverfield, it will be the first monster movie in 7 years to take place in Manhattan, New York, with a creature thought to have come from a satellite.
  • It is estimated to be released ten years after the first film was released

Case closed? Is it that easy? We don’t have to wait too long. This film is scheduled to be released on March 11, 2016.

Regardless of what this film is or isn’t, I love the way “Bad Robot” snuck  this trailer out today and sat off an absolute wonderful day of research and dreaming about what this film will have to offer.

 

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Always interested in a good indie film, my taste run towards Horror and documentaries. Rom-coms are my least favorite genre, but I will always take a look for the better good of the site. I’ve reviewed films for seven years and want to do it for about 20 more…we will see.

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