Entertainment Weekly has a bunch of new info on Dan Trachtenberg’s upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane, a “blood relative” to 2008’s Cloverfield. Producer JJ Abrams had some news to share:
On whether 10 Cloverfield Lane is a sequel:
“I think that would be presumptuous, because we’re talking about this movie and comparing it to Cloverfield, but I would be lying if I didn’t say there was something else that, if we’re lucky enough to do it, could be really cool that connects some stories.” Abrams’ only clue is that there is a “larger conceit” at play here. “This is just this movie, and it’s only two films that we’re talking about right now.”
There is also a separate article on how JJ and Bad Robot managed to keep the film under secrecy for so long:
Even though the scale of 10 Cloverfield Lane kept the cast small, producers were still cautious about who got to know what. When John Gallagher, Jr., auditioned and Skyped with Trachtenberg, he only received a partial script and didn’t find out about the Clover-verse plans until partway through filming. “Maybe this was the idea from the beginning and I was late to the equation,” Gallagher says.
During the 36-day shoot in New Orleans, Valencia got the full Bad Robot treatment. Physical scripts were printed on red paper — just like those for Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and any digital links were sent with a limitied viewing window, after which they’d deactivate. “You don’t want this getting out,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead says. “That was very clear to me from the get-go.”
“We kept it quiet because we knew we wanted to try something unusual,” Abrams says. “Something unusual doesn’t always work, but at least it’s unusual.”
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