It’s not often that a movie as big as Cloverfield or in this case 10 Cloverfield Lane comes along to surprise the world… but that’s exactly what happened with both these films. 18 months ago, short-film director Dan Trachtenberg was tasked with making a follow-up to the J.J. Abrams 2008 movie Cloverfield and it’s fair to say he rose to the challenge admirably.

Prior to 10CL, Trachtenber’s work consisted of online short firms and before that he was sitting on our side of the fence as a journalist. It was his short-film Portal (based on the computer game) which got people like Abrams to sit up and pay attention to the budding filmmaker and it was 10CL that was the perfect movie for him.

Consisting of a tight knit cast (John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.), 10CL was the perfect testbed for Trachtenberg to stretch his cinematic legs and he’s excelled in every way. You can see our review of the movie here.

We sat down with the man at the helm, to discuss what it was like working with Abrams, working with his small cast, working on a film with the word ‘Cloverfield’ in the title and when he’ll be directing a Star Wars movie (following in the footsteps of Gareth Edwards and Rian Johnson who both had similar starts to Trachtenberg).

10 Cloverfield Lane hits cinemas this Friday 18th March. Keep your eyes peeled for the other  interviews as the week progresses and dont forget to enter our competition to win merchandise here and read our 4* review of the movie here. If you missed our previous interviews, follow this handy link.

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