Well this one came out of nowhere. Last April it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) director J.J. Abrams was producing a psychological thriller called Valencia. Dan Trachtenberg, who had made a splash with his video game inspired short film Portal: No Escape (2011), was the director. It now turns out that Valencia was just a working title.
Rather than a sequel to Matt Reeves' found footage monster movie Cloverfield (2008), Abrams tells Collider that the new film is "a blood relative to Cloverfield". He says the idea has been in development for some time, and that, with typical secrecy, he wanted to hold back the real title for as long as possible.
Back last year, we were told that the scenario involved a teenage girl awakening in a cellar after a car crash to discover from a strange caretaker that society has been devastated by a nuclear attack. Clearly the details of that cataclysm are now rather more specific, although the extent to which the Cloverfield creature will have a bearing on the new proceedings remains to be seen.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) stars as the girl, with John Goodman (Argo) as the Caretaker, and John Gallagher Jr. (Short Term 12) also present in the basement. The script is the work of Dan Casey, who reshaped an earlier draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.
10 Cloverfield Lane arrives in cinemas 18 March.