A true sequel to 2008 creature feature Cloverfield is in development at Bad Robot Productions and Paramount Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, British write Joe Barton will pen the script.
The first Cloverfield film, directed by Matt Reeves, is a found-footage monster movie that was written by Drew Goddard and produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The movie was a viral marketing hit before its release and went on to gross $172.4 million at the worldwide box office.
Made for just $25 million, the film features a cast including Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, and Odette Yustman.
A second film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, was released in 2016 and was directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The movie was originally developed from a script titled The Cellar, but during production it was adapted to be set in the same universe of the first Cloverfield movie.
In 10 Cloverfield Lane, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up after a car crash in a survivalist’s (John Goodman) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. The budget was said to be no more than $15 million and it went on to gross $110.2 million worldwide.
The third movie in the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox, was revealed during Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 and got a surprise release on Netflix after the game.
Directed by Julius Onah, the sci-fi horror movie features a group of international astronauts on a space station working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.
The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang, and Daniel Bruhl.
Like 10 Cloverfield Lane, the project was originally unconnected to the franchise and based on a script titled God Particle. After Bad Robot and Paramount bought the script, they saw a way to tie it in with the film’s particle accelerator accident.
Following the streaming release of that movie, J.J. Abrams revealed that Bad Robot was developing a “true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel,” though we haven’t heard much since. THR says that the new movie won’t be found footage, however.
The trade adds that Abrams will produce along with Bad Robot head of film, Hannah Minghella. Reeves is not involved in the new project.
The new film’s writer, Joe Barton, is no stranger to science fiction. He’s worked on Channel 4’s Humans and wrote Amazon’s upcoming alien invasion movie, Invasion, starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer.
It was also recently announced that Barton will be the showrunner of HBO Max’s upcoming Gotham City Police Department series, which will be set in the same world as Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, The Batman. The series will build upon the movie’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.
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