– by Joseph Jammer Medina

J.J. Abrams loves his secrets. Be it for “Super 8,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” he’s a filmmaker that loves the medium in the purest way possible. Well it turns out that the director/producer’s production company has kept a film quite secret, and that film has now been revealed as “10 Cloverfield Lane” (It was previously being referred to as “Valencia”).

Check out the trailer for the film below!

So the obvious question that comes to mind is… is this a “Cloverfield” sequel? It seems possible that it takes place in a post-alien invasion world, and that whoever John Goodman’s character is is really just trying to protect these “prisoners” from the outside world created by the “Cloverfield” monsters, but it’s hard to tell. For starters, the film isn’t done in the found footage format that characterized the first one. While it’s possible they changed it up for the sequel, Abrams’ recent comments regarding the flick seem to indicate that this may just a spiritual successor to “Cloverfield.”

Speaking with Collider, Abrams said the following:

“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.”

That being said, it would seem pretty weird if they were hiding the title all this time only to reveal that there is no connection.

The film stars John Goodman, John Gallagher, Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Several months back, Winstead had talked briefly about working on “10 Cloverfield Lane” (which again, was being called “Valencia” back then), and here’s what she had to say.

“It’s another really contained film. It’s just three actors, in the whole thing. It’s me and John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. I get to be a little bad-ass in it, which was really fun. It had been a few years since I’d done something like that, so that was really cool. I won’t give away too much, but I’m excited about it, for sure.”

“…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 [another one of my films] ‘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.”

Image via Paramount.

Image via Paramount.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is produced by J.J. Abrams is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, a first-time feature director best known for creating the “Portal” short film that hit it big several years back. In true Abrams fashion, this film seems to be a stepping stone for relatively new talent to show their skill (“Cloverfield” was directed by then-unknown director Matt Reeves, who is now handling the “Planet of the Apes” movies).

The screenplay was written by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken, with a final polish by Damien Chazelle. The former two seem to be relatively new to the game, while Chazelle is probably best known for his recent work as the writer/direct on “Whiplash.”

What do you think of the first trailer and poster for “10 Cloverfield Lane”? Do you think it’s a sequel to “Cloverfield”? Let us know your comments down below!

“10 Cloverfield Lane” hits theaters on March 11, 2016.

SOURCES: Paramount, Collider (1), (2)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.