According to reports over at Collider and Slash Film, J.J. Abrams just unleashed a heck of secret from the folks at Bad Robot. A rumored project with Dan Trachtenberg — the filmmaker behind the short film Portal: No Escape — now has an official title: 10 Cloverfield Lane. And yes, it’s a sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield.
Collider reached out to Paramount for some confirmation on the rumors, receiving an exclusive message from J.J. Abrams himself on the project:
“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.”
On top of the title surprise, the film is apparently also ready to be released and will see theaters on March 11th, and there’s already a teaser playing ahead of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Slash Film compiled many reactions from folks on Twitter at the short teaser.
The original Cloverfield featured a heavy viral marketing campaign before the actual film was released, with many people gobbling up any and all information they could find about the found footage monster movie. It would seem that a similar tactic is happening here, but with a bit more surprise. Many likely thought that a Cloverfield sequel was coming at some point, but not this early, and not during such a packed year for films.