A surprise spin-off of 'Cloverfield' is set to be unveiled this Spring, with the trailer having just landed for '10 Cloverfield Lane' which sees the return of producer J.J. Abrams. It's a similarly heart-stopping and spine-tingling thriller, with an unknown threat plaguing the story.

10 Cloverfield LaneAn abduction or a rescue? Sometimes they're one and the same

It's not a sequel in the strictest sense; rather, as producer J.J. Abrams put it, 'a blood relative of Cloverfield'. After all, it features none of the same characters or actors as the 2008 film, doesn't share that found-footage aesthetic and certainly isn't about a monster ravaging New York. Err... or is it?

'10 Cloverfield Lane' follows Michelle, a girl who has just woken from a car accident in a strange place. She soon learns that she's locked in the basement of a man's home; a man who claims that he has just rescued her from a chemical attack on the land, and leaving the basement would prove fatal to them all. However, suspicious as she rightfully is, she desperately wants to leave despite the fact that she appears to be being treated well enough. Pretty soon things start to get real sinister, and it's clear that her 'rescuer' is extremely unhinged. She's got to get out no matter what it takes, but she sure as hell isn't prepared for what's waiting for her.

Watch the trailer for '10 Cloverfield Lane' here:


Directed by Dan Trachtenberg in his directorial feature debut and written by Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell ('4 Minute Mile'), the film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ('Final Destination 3', 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'), John Goodman ('Trumbo', 'Alpha House') and  John Gallagher Jr. ('The Newsroom', 'Jonah Hex').

More: Read our review of 'Cloverfield'

It was originally thought to be a short film entitled 'Valencia' and then 'The Cellar'. However, '10 Cloverfield Lane' is set to be released as a full length movie in the US on March 11th 2016 and in the UK on April 8th.