Watch the trailer for non-found-footage sequel to ‘Cloverfield’

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures The first poster for the sequel to "Cloverfield", "10 Cloverfield Lane"
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
The first poster for the sequel to “Cloverfield”, “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Jason Wiese | Culture Editor
Friday, Jan. 15; 1 p.m.

In 2008, the J.J. Abrams-produced “Cloverfield” brought the found-footage style of film making into the mainstream before the “Paranormal Activity” franchise sent the gimmick into overkill. By combining elements of 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” and classic sci-fi disaster films in the vein of “Godzilla”, “Cloverfield” is an original monster movie told from the point of view of a group of twentysomething fighting to survive an attack on New York City.

After eight years, Paramount Pictures has announced a continuation of the story, or supposedly, a retelling from a new perspective with “10 Cloverfield Lane.” There is still much to be revealed regarding the film’s plot, which can be expected from a film with returning producer Abrams’ name on it, but according to the Internet Movie Database, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) plays a young woman who wakes up in an underground bunker owned by a man (John Goodman) who claims to have saved her and another young man (John Gallagher Jr.) from death after a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable.

As evident from the film’s trailer, what appears to be a peaceful and safe existence is interrupted by a more insidious agenda from Goodman’s character. However, a much worse fate than what Goodman claims could exist above ground. See how in the first trailer, released on the morning of Friday, Jan. 15, here:

“Cloverfield” was written by Drew Goddard and directed by Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), but Abrams is the only notable name involved in that film returning to this world as producer. The new story is from the minds of Josh Campbell and Matt Steucken who co-wrote the screenplay with Damien Chazelle. Dan Trachtenberg makes his feature-length directorial debut with “10 Cloverfield Lane,” whose title may be a reference to the inspiration behind the original title: it is synonymous with the street on which Abrams’ office building could be found.

Will “10 Cloverfield Lane” live up to fans’ expectations? What will be the fate of the three-character cast in the wake of Clover’s (the aptly named creature of the original) wrath? All will be revealed when it is released nationwide in theaters and IMAX on Mar. 11, 2016.