I spent the better half of last Thursday night trying to make sense of the surprise announcement of 10 Cloverfield Lane, which producer J.J. Abrams called a “blood relative” to the 2008 Cloverfield.
When we entered the eye of the storm, and there was a moment to breathe, there were some deep-thinking individuals who felt this was more of a spinoff than an actual sequel to Cloverfield. Some even suggested it may be an extension of the anthology concept that’s sweeping Hollywood.
While speculation continues to run rampant, one thing is for certain – 10 Cloverfield Lane is definitely not a sequel to Cloverfield.
Then what is it? This reddit post alleges that we’re sort of, kind of, being tricked.
First and foremost, 10 Cloverfield Lane was announced under the title The Cellar and filmed under the moniker Valencia.
The reddit user alleges that it was produced under Paramount’s Insurge, and “when Paramount closed it down, this movie (shot and completed) was thrown out to the wind and orphaned.
“Paramount bought it back up and had Dan Casey and Damien Chazelle do some re-writes so that it would connect to the Cloverfield universe and they went back and did reshoots and add-ons in March 2015 in New Orleans and L.A.” adds the anonymous user who says they have the 2013 screenplay for The Cellar, which carries no mention of any monster (you can read the script’s ending right here).
Speculation is that a new finale has been filmed that would include the Cloverfield behemoth, thus tying it to the Cloverfield universe.
This wouldn’t be the first time a different script has been retooled into a franchise sequel (see Saw II, Super Mario Bros. 2, Various Hellraiser sequels), and honestly there’s nothing wrong with it. Some fans are really angered by the notion that 10 CLoverfield Lane isn’t truly or wholly a sequel.
Personally, I live by the simple fact that a movie is supposed to be entertaining. That’s all I care about. How it came about is just a fun look behind-the-scenes of a production that we aren’t supposed to be privy too.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it’s quite interesting, but don’t judge a book by its cover.