J.J. Abrams Says '10 Cloverfield Lane' Is Not 'Cloverfield 2'

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The new horror title is an original story that's a "spiritual successor" to the 2008 kaiju movie.

Despite the title, producer J.J. Abrams doesn't want audiences to expect next month's 10 Cloverfield Lane to be a direct sequel to 2008's Cloverfield.

"It’s not called Cloverfield 2 for a reason, and it’s very much a different film than what Matt Reeves directed," Abrams told Empire when talking about what to expect from the surprise project originally announced as Valencia.

Abrams said that the movie was "an opportunity to do something that is more rare than it should be in Hollywood films, which is to tell an original story, [and] to do it in a way that is connected as a spiritual successor to Cloverfield."

Later in the same interview, he repeats the idea that the new movie is explicitly not a direct sequel, instead calling it "a spiritual successor to that movie in a way and there’s a real kinship between the films."

That doesn't mean that fans of the original should give up hope of a direct continuation, however; Abrams admitted that he was talking to original Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard recently about that very idea, saying, "because we’re in a moment post-major studio Godzilla, post-Pacific Rim, we don’t want to do a sequel just because we can do another kaiju movie. We don’t want to just jump in and do it — we want to make sure we’re doing something that is worthy of people’s time."

All will be revealed when 10 Cloverfield Lane reaches theaters March 10.