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I will try to avoid any major spoilers within this question, so I will ask this simple - is there any relationship between the two movies Cloverfield (2007) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)?

This question will make more sense for people that have actually watched both movies as I found both potentially fitting the same universe.

  • I couldn't find any bond other than they were both Sci-Fi movies with "Cloverfield" in the title. The monsters looked different, they acted different, and they had different means of reaching their goals. To the best of my memory, Cloverfield had nothing to do with a toxic environment, nor was there any mention of using toxicity to achieve their end game. – Johnny Bones Jul 4 '16 at 19:19
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The producer has explicitly stated they are related in the same way the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episodes are related. They are two episodes of an Anthology. There is no direct relation between the two movies other than production and some meta themes. Parallel universe at best. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-jj-abrams-cloverfield-movie-universe-20160309-story.html

The secretive drama isn’t a sequel to the “Cloverfield” movie but rather an extension of a fictional universe. “We do have a big, fun idea that hopefully will get a shot to realize,” Abrams said over the phone. “But in the meantime, I think the easiest way to consider this is that it is something of an anthology. But it's also something else that we're playing with. Fingers crossed that we get to execute.”

When asked if what Abrams was trying to create was something in the vein of “Twilight Zone” or the “Amazing Stories” series but for film, Abrams confirmed, “It's an easy way to understand it at the moment, that it's just a cool anthology. And I think that this movie stands alone. I think [the director] Dan Trachtenberg did a terrific job on its own. But it does have a connection to something that we'd love to see through. But certainly the ‘Twilight Zone’ is one of my favorite shows and if this can be seen in that light, it would be a wonderful comparison…

Again, it's sort of an easy way to say it's an anthology of cool genre films could all fall under the ‘Cloverfield’ banner. But seeing that this is just the second movie, I don't want to be presumptuous.  There is a larger idea that we're working on that would be really fun if we could see through. Hopefully that can happen, but in the meantime, the ‘Twilight Zone’ comparison is flattering and hopefully appropriate one.”

The Cloverfield monster was a Godzilla expy, either a natural monster or created by nuclear testing, while Cloverfield Lane monster was a crazy guy, which coincidentally happened to attack when aliens attacked.

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Yes they are related, spiritual successor to be precise.

As per J.J. Abrams's words

Q: Do you feel that you’re running a risk by putting that word in the title?

Ans: There is a monster in this movie. It’s not the monster you expect, but there is a monster. The thing that I will say about anyone who is going to it expecting to see literally Cloverfield 2, those characters and that monster are not in this movie, but there are other characters and other monsters. It’s a very different story, but it is a spiritual successor to that movie. What I hope is that they will be satisfied by wanting to see something that is not of this natural Earth and not necessarily something that you would expect, and I hope that what they find gives them that fix, that thrill that I think they might be looking for in a literal Cloverfield 2 movie. - EW.com

From collider.com

So is this the long-promised sequel to Cloverfield? Maybe. Earlier this evening, Abrams provided us with the exclusive comment below:

“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

The delineation of “blood relative” seems to suggest this isn’t a direct sequel, but instead simply takes place in the same universe as Cloverfield.

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