New ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Trailer Opens the Mystery Box

10 Cloverfield Lane is the best example of J.J. Abrams’ approach to marketing yet. With just a month to go for a film that was only announced last month, the anticipation for this is at a fever pitch. We’ve got a new trailer for you to pick apart:

We here at Fandom managed to get our hands on the first draft of 10 Cloverfield Lane (then called The Cellar) and it looks like a lot from that version has made its way to the big screen. John Goodman is a good Samaritan of sorts that saves Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character from a near-fatal accident, taking her to his underground bunker just as a cataclysmic event wipes out the rest of humanity. Whether or not the finished film has changed some of the big story beats (Whiplash screenwriter Damien Chazelle is credited with a rewrite of Josh Campbell & Matthew Stuecken’s draft) remains to be seen.

Regardless, 10 Cloverfield Lane looks like a wonderfully tight thriller. Will it eventually tie in to the original Cloverfield? There could be a dangerous backlash from fans if the movie is not connected in some sort of way, but it’s also an exciting idea if the Cloverfield name will simply be something of a Twilight Zone banner for twisty genre films. If 10 Cloverfield Lane is a good movie, that may be enough for people to let any lack of connection slide. Here’s hoping that’s the case.

10 Cloverfield Lane blows the mystery box wide open on March 11. Start speculating and constructing your theories now. Maybe head over to Cloverpedia and confer with the other fans there. If there’s anyone who might be able to decipher what’s going on in 10 Cloverfield Lane, it’s those good folks.

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