If you haven’t seen “10 Cloverfield Lane,” you’re missing out on a pretty nifty contained thriller that, while a sideways companion to “Cloverfield,” is really a movie all its own. And it’s an entertaining one at that, a brisk genre piece that has a go for broke third act you can’t help but admire. However, the project all started from a spec script called “The Cellar” by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken. Once in the offices of Bad Robot, producer J.J. Abrams got the brainwave to connect it to the “Cloverfield” universe, and Damien Chazelle, pre-“Whiplash,” came in and rewrote the screenplay into the movie we know now. And as a matter of fact, he almost got behind the camera too.
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As for the finished film, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything left on the cutting room floor, given how tight the story and pacing turned out. But Trachtenberg reveals there are a couple moments that got snipped, including one big action beat during the climax, before she decides to head to Texas.
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Meanwhile, if you stuck around for the credits, you likely noticed Bradley Cooper‘s name in there for the role of Ben, the voice of Michelle’s fiancé on the phone at the beginning of the movie. And you can thank the power of J.J. Abrams and his relationship to the actor forged on “Alias” for that.
“For a while it while it was just my editor [as a place holder voice], and we were getting nearer and nearer the release, and a lot of people in the office would swing by and see if [their voice] would work. And then eventually J.J. was like, ‘I wonder if Bradley would want to do this?’ And we’re like, ‘Who’s Bradley?’ ‘I was thinking Bradley Cooper,’ and we’re like, ’Yeah, go ahead!’ And he was totally down to help us out,” Trachtenberg said.
With a strong opening bow and showing some decent legs, “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a success and as for more adventures in that world? Maybe. “We definitely — even before we shot — would fantasize about what the next [movie] would be for sure. It would definitely follow in that Ripley/Sarah Connor model, but who knows,” the director said cautiously.
Thoughts? Do you need to see an “11 Cloverfield Lane” about Michelle’s adventures fighting aliens in Texas, or is this film enough? Let us know in the comments section. Listen to the full talk with Trachtenberg below.