The 13th Floor

Is 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Secretly A CLOVERFIELD Sequel Or Spin-Off?

Those fine fiends at Bad Robot know how to properly tease a new movie!

Attached to screening of 13 HOURS, audiences were treated to the trailer from a mysterious new Bad Robot production starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. The clip shows the trio partaking in a series of activities; playing games, making puzzles, having meals – the general monotony of any traditional family unit, all cut to the slowed down soundtrack of “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & The Shondells.

Then it appears as if they’re all hiding out in a closed off cellar, and tensions rise as the song continues to creepily slow down. The most alarming thing however is the title. CLOVERFIELD is the first word to come up, following by the number 10 and then LANE. And the release date, which is March 11th, 2016.

Is this finally a CLOVERFIELD sequel?

Have a look for yourselves.

More than likely, if it has any connection to Bad Robot’s big found footage monster mash besides the title, we’re assuming it’s more of a spin-off. Backtracking, it looks like this is more than likely the teaser trailer for Dan Trachtenberg’s Bad Robot film which shot under the title of “VALENCIA.” The original synopsis for that film when the cast was announced was as follows:

“The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.”

According to the original Slash Film story on VALENCIA, they speculated that it was likely a feature length adaptation of Trachtenberg’s short film PORTAL: NO ESCAPE. So what’s the CLOVERFIELD connection? And why that particular title?

JJ Abrams released the following statement following the initial online Twitter buzz: “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.”

So is what’s going on outside the cellar fallout from the events seen in CLOVERFIELD? Is this a sequel to that story? A spin-off? A story set in the same universe? We’re still 2 months away from finding out. But kudos to Bad Robot for keeping this project a secret for this long! Consider us intrigued.

Let’s take a look again at the original CLOVERFIELD teaser trailer:

UPDATE: The official poster has been provided by Paramount Pictures:
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