J.J. Abrams Confirms “Cloverfield” Spin-Off

The long rumored follow-up to the J.J. Abrams-produced 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield” appears to not only be on the way – its actually already completed.

Two years ago Dan Trachtenberg, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed video game inspired short fan film “Portal: No Escape,” was hired to helm a post-apocalyptic thriller dubbed “Valencia” (aka. “The Cellar”) at Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge. The film was shot with the likes of John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. involved.

At last report it was in the can but not scheduled and nothing had really been heard about it since. That changed today though when an early screening of Michael Bay’s Benghazi film “13 Hours” in the United States included with it a teaser trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane”.Collider reached out to Paramount and scored a statement from J.J. Abrams himself:

“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.”

Winstead has previously talked about the project, saying she plays a woman who wakes up in a cellar where she’s being kept by a stranger (Goodman) who warns her the world had ended outside and it becomes a mind game between the two as you’re never quite sure who is manipulating who.

The trailer is said to NOT be found footage, but it sounds like it likely takes place within the same universe as “Cloverfield”. It is set to hit cinemas on March 11th.