David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Peter to discuss what separates a teaser from a trailer and what happens when you badmouth Zack Snyder on the internet. Be sure to read up on film critics being biased, and Peter’s interview with Dan Trachtenberg.
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
When the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was unleashed, everyone was wondering how JJ Abrams somehow snuck a new Cloverfield movie into production without anyone noticing. Later the mega producer set the record straight confirming that the film was not a sequel, not Cloverfield 2, but a blood relative that shares some thematic and genre connections, but functions as an anthology film which isn part a larger idea (that may involve more Cloverfield movies).
Then came rumors (originating on reddit) that the film was actually a low budget contained thriller that’s slapped with a Cloverfield title as an afterthought and that director Dan Trachtenberg and crew went back to reshoot a different ending for the film which would connect it to Matt Reeves‘ original film Cloverfield. I can now confirm on the record this is just not true.
I interviewed 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg this afternoon and he revealed the origins of the project, how an Academy Award-nominated writer/director almost made the movie before he got involved and puts some of the internet rumors to bed.
Note: the following story contains NO spoilers for 10 Cloverfield Lane beyond whats seen in the first trailer. So feel free to read it before you see the movie.
Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
There has been plenty of mystery surrounding Dan Trachtenberg‘s feature directorial debut, 10 Cloverfield Lane. The first trailer revealed the project is related to Matt Reeves‘ found footage monster film, but producer J.J. Abrams has clarified it’s not a direct sequel. We’ll soon learn how much 10 Cloverfield Lane shares in common with Cloverfield, considering the film opens in theaters this weekend. Early reviews for the thriller have hit the web, and much to our delight, they’re all very positive thus far.
’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Interviews: John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Offer Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse
Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Cloverfield connection is definitely helping build buzz for 10 Cloverfield Lane, even if it’s more of a spiritual link than a narrative one. But in truth, we were sold on this movie long before we knew what it’d be called. Dan Trachtenberg‘s directorial debut brings together three top-notch talents — John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. — into one cramped underground shelter. With that cast, it’s pretty much a given that sparks will fly, no matter where the story takes them, what the film ends up being called, or what’s really lying outside that doomsday bunker.
At a recent press day in New York, I got the chance to sit down with Goodman and Winstead to discuss their new movie — its ties to Cloverfield, its feminist slant, Goodman’s terrifying character, and what it’s taught them about prepping for doomsday. Check out our 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead interviews after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from a Bad Robot production, it’s heavy-duty secrecy. Producer J.J. Abrams loves his mystery box, to the point that we didn’t know 10 Cloverfield Lane was even coming until two months ago. And even then, the trailers and TV spots left a lot to the imagination. What kind of strange and twisted horrors might await the characters in the new movie?
Well, you’ll have to find out for yourself when the film opens this weekend. But there is one surprise that really threw us for a loop, and it had nothing to do with monsters or aliens or zombies or whatever else you’re imagining. It’s a cameo by a certain A-list, Oscar-nominated movie star. Speaking to director Dan Trachtenberg this weekend, I got the details on how said star ended up in said role — as well as some tips from on surviving the apocalypse. Find out after the jump.
Note: Minor spoilers after the jump. This cameo is probably not even something you would recognize when seeing the film.
Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Paramount Pictures and IMAX have given us the opportunity to debut the IMAX illustrated poster for 10 Cloverfield Lane created by a UK artist Kevin M Wilson, who goes by the pseudonym Ape Meets Girl. We’ve featured his work many times in the past on /Film; you might remember his Jaws, Back to the Future, WALL-E, Peter Pan or Incredibles posters. His latest is for the J.J. Abrams-produced, Dan Trachtenberg-directed thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, which hits theaters nationwide on March 11th, 2016. Hit the jump to see the Ape Meets Girl 10 Cloverfield Lane poster and read my brief chat with the artist. How many hidden Easter eggs can you spot in the art?
Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Deadpool 2 gets a possible leading lady.
- Transformers 5 is heading to Michigan.
- Yes, Mary Elizabeth Winstead would like her own Die Hard movie.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane continues a long-running J.J. Abrams reference.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 is a gigantic hit in China.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny faces opposition from theater chains.
Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Just yesterday, Cloverfield producer J.J. Abrams teased that a third film with ties to the original found footage monster movie might be following next month’s forthcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane.
However, today he attempts to keep expectations for the sci-fi flick in check by telling us that despite the connections that are being made between this new movie and the 2008 film, “It’s not Cloverfield 2.” Find out what else J.J. Abrams had to say about the little Cloverfield universe they’re building below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
When the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer appeared out of nowhere, moviegoers around the world were shocked to find out that JJ Abrams had secretly produced a sequel to Cloverfield. But is it a sequel? Abrams has called the film “a blood relative of Cloverfield” and the common thought is that it its the second film in a series of anthology movies (think Twilight Zone) that share the same thrilling mystery box tone and feel. But now it seems that JJ Abrams already has a third Cloverfield film in mind, if this one does well. Find out about the potential Cloverfield 3 after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I have mixed feelings on viral marketing in general, mainly because I went in real deep with the Cloverfield online campaign back in 2007 and 2008, only to realize that all of those faux websites and fake news stories ultimately had little to do with the final film. And yet, I cannot deny that Bad Robot (and whoever they hire to help with the heavy lifting) does this kind of stuff better than anyone else. The viral marketing for 10 Cloverfield Lane has been ambitious and weird, providing all kinds of backstory for John Goodman‘s mysterious survivalist and hinting at what has trapped him and two strangers in an underground bunker. If you like to fall down rabbit holes, this is a rabbit hole worth tumbling into.
And it probably won’t get better than this – a text-based video game has been discovered within the depths of the viral campaign’s main hub website and it tasks you with surviving inside a bunker when the world above ground comes to an end.