This is getting more and more interesting.
In an interview with EW yesterday, 10 Cloverfield Lane producer J.J. Abrams teased a potential third Cloverfield movie that would have more ties to the original monster movie
“I think that would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories.” said Abrams. “This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now. There is something else that we’d like to do, and hopefully we’ll get a shot.”
J.J. Abrams has stated multiple times that 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a direct sequel to the original Cloverfield, calling it a “blood relative”. What exactly means remains unknown. J.J. Abrams clarified this a bit in an interview with Fandango, with comments that many will find disappointing:
“The story of this movie – and it came to us originally as a spec that was very different in a lot of ways and an unrelated thing altogether – is definitely about different kinds of monsters,” he says. “And while the Cloverfield monster isn’t in this movie, there’s a new monster and there’s something else that happens… but I don’t want to ruin the ending.”
So, that seems to put the nail in the coffin about an appearance from our friend Mr. Grumpy Pants. The actual status of the Cloverfield monster remains ambiguous at the end of of Cloverfield, and while I will say that I’m a little disappointed Clovie won’t be making an appearance, this makes the actual plot of the film all the more intriguing. How exactly is this going to tie into the original Cloverfield?
Abrams hints at the possibility of a new monster, but leaves it vague enough that it could be interpreted a number of different ways. This film has been described as one about different kinds of monsters, so the monster Abrams mentions in the interview could refer to the human characters in the film. It has been described as a thriller, and is consistent with everything we’ve seen in the trailer.
There is also the possibility that while its not the exact monster from the original, it could be one of the parents. Drew Goddard, writer of Cloverfield, stated multiple times that the monster in the original film is only a baby, rampaging through New York because its terrified. What if the monster in this film is simply that baby’s parents? That would technically be a “new” monster, however unlikely. Abrams has been known to lie, he did state that Khan would not appear in Star Trek: Into Darkness after all. When he says 10 Cloverfield Lane is a “blood relative”, maybe he means it in a literal sense.
Or maybe J.J. is being completely literal and there is actually a brand new monster in the film. There is a scene in the trailer where Mary Elisabeth Winstead is standing in front of a glowing house, accompanied by a roar very reminiscent of Mr. Grumpy Pants.
Could this be the brand new monster? What would be its relation to Clovie? The ARG surrounding the film has made a lot of references to the various space stuff and satellites. Maybe there are aliens involved somehow? A satellite falling out of orbit into the ocean is the last thing seen in the original Cloverfield, maybe that is connected somehow.
I still have a million questions regarding this film and no answers. While I will be a bit disappointed if no actual monster shows up in 10 Cloverfield Lane, the prospect of how exactly it ties into the original and the potential plans for a third movie all leave me anxious to see how 10 Cloverfield Lane plays out.
10 Cloverfield Lane releases March 11th.