Looks like we’re finally getting a sequel of sorts to the monstrously popular J.J Abrams’ creature feature, Cloverfield. News broke last night when a teaser trailer launched in front of the military thriller 13 Hours.

The films stars John “I’ll Never Die” Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. in what seems like a bit smaller, and more personal film than the original, though that’s probably not going to be the case with a J.J. Abrams joint. We also lose the found footage aspect that made the original so interesting, but it’s not the end of the world. Speaking of the end of the world, in typical Bad Robot fashion, early marketing has been intentionally vague, the only solid detail we knew was that it was going to have a post-apcoolypics setting and at one point was called The Cellar and then later turned into Valencia.

Now known as 10 Cloverfield Lane, the movie will be the feature film debut for director Dan Trachtenberg, whose previous short film Portal: No Escape set the internet on fire in 2011. Details about the plot have been characteristically vague but while promoting her film Faults back in March, Mary Elizabeth Winstead spoke with Collider and revealed some details about her top secret J.J. Abrams flick:

“I’m excited. It’s going to be really interesting. It’s basically my character wakes up in a cellar and I’m being kept down there by John Goodman. He tells me that basically the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out. It does have similarity to Faults, in some ways, because you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that. Tonally, it’s very different, but it has some of those same themes.”

While that sounded interesting back in March, knowing that there is a connection to the Cloverfield franchise is really exciting now.

When reached for a comment on the teaser J.J. Abrams provided this statement:

“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 there we have it, our pseudo sequel to Cloverfield is finally here and even better, we won’t have to wait long to see it as March 11th has been announced as its theatrical release date. The official trailer and poster are below.

Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.
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10 Cloverfield Lane