J.J. Abrams, master of drawing out his mysteries to the point that it gets sort of annoying, has teased us with some more cryptic information about his latest infuriatingly intriguing project, 10 Cloverfield Lane.
When a trailer for the film was released last month, it raised some questions--such as, how the hell did this sneak under the radar, and how the eff is it in any way related to the original Cloverfield? Naturally, Abrams is not explicitly addressing such easily answerable questions, but speaking to Fandango, he has given some nearly meaningless but nonetheless compelling hints as to what we can expect from the film.
"This movie is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it's not Cloverfield 2," Abrams sort of explained, adding, "The association is clear and there are multiple connections--and there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection."
Asked whether 10 Cloverfield Lane takes place during Cloverfield, Abram was unusually direct, saying, "No it doesn't, but there's a larger thing at play with these connections. And the fun of it is that some of these connections--and there's a lot of them--are not the kind of connections you might think. So if you're approaching it as a literal sequel, you'll be surprised to see what this movie is. But while it's not what you might expect from a movie that has the name Cloverfield in it, I think you'll find that you'll understand the connection when you see the whole thing."
Continuing to explain everything but also nothing, Abrams went on: "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. 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."
What's more, as if the news that "something else happens" isn't exciting enough, there are already tentative plans for yet another entry in the nebulously connected Cloverfield family. As Abrams told EW, "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." Though, given Abrams' M.O., it's also entirely possible that we're already living in the next Cloverfield. Keep an eye out for either literal or figurative monsters.