January brought the news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had been secretly working on 10 Cloverfield Lane, an apparent sequel to 2008 found-footage movie Cloverfield.

The shocking trailer drop was a rare and pleasant surprise in this age of knowing every minute item about a movie before it comes out. Abrams is remaining coy about the film, then, but he has dropped some hints about the future of the Cloverfield series.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams opened up a little about how the films fit together:

“I think [categorising them] 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.”

The rumour mill states that the idea is for the Cloverfield movies to be separate stories but linked by common themes and tone (a bit like The Twilight Zone). This seems like a refreshing direction for a movie franchise to go down to us so we hope something comes of it.

10 Cloverfield Lane is produced by Abrams and directed by Dan Trachtenberg. It will arrive in US cinemas on March 11th.

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