A new Cloverfield film is currently in development at Paramount.
According to Variety, the sci-fi anthology series is getting another installment, with Wounds director Babak Anvari set to take the helm. The Ritual writer Joe Barton will pen the script.
J.J. Abrams will produce the film for Bad Robot, alongside Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves, and Drew Goddard are on board as executive producers.
The original Cloverfield was directed by Matt Reeves and debuted in 2008 following a highly successful yet utterly mysterious marketing campaign. Known for its found footage style, Cloverfield told the story of a group of friends struggling to survive in a city under attack from a giant monster.
At the time, the film’s trailers gave little away, with word of mouth heightening the mystery surrounding the film.
This was followed up by 10 Cloverfield Lane in 2016 by director Dan Trachtenberg. Cementing the series as an anthology, the new movie wasn’t a straight-up sequel, instead telling the entirely new story of Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) – a young woman who awakes in an underground bunker following a car crash, with two men who claim that an unknown event has made the outside world uninhabitable.
10 Cloverfield Lan was met with rave reviews, praising the performances of Winstead and John Goodman, as well as heaping praise on Trachtenberg for the film’s edgy style.
However, the series then took a bit of a left turn with The Cloverfield Paradox…
Made for Netflix by director Julius Onah, The Cloverfield Paradox was met with far less enthusiasm. Telling the story of a crew of international astronauts attempting to solve Earth’s energy crisis, the film received generally negative reviews.
IGN’s review of The Cloverfield Paradox gave it 5.9/10 and said: “The Cloverfield Paradox is a paradox in itself. Split between trying to be a standalone sci-fi space horror and a key linking point in the Cloverfield mythos, the film never truly succeeds at either. The original strains of its space-set plot can’t avoid contrived beats, even despite fun performances and an emotionally powerful arc from Gugu Mbatha-Raw.”
What to Watch After The Cloverfield Paradox
Whether or not the new Cloverfield movie can reach the heady heights of the franchise’s earlier installments remains to be seen.
However, it’s thought that the new film will actually be a direct sequel to the 2008 Cloverfield… just without the found footage.
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