The J.J. Abrams produced film God Particle, which has been shrouded in mystery, will actually be the third installment to the Cloverfield universe.
That’s according to The Wrap’s sources, who have also revealed that Abrams and his Bad Robot creative team are developing several more movies for the Cloverfield universe. The plan is that a new edition to the series will be released on a yearly basis.
Speculation that God Particle might actually be a new Cloverfield film began back in February when the project was initially announced. Paramount declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Wrap, while Bad Robot failed to respond to the request.
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The Wrap‘s insider was able to make this revelation after attending the build-up to a Paramount presentation that will be held in New York on Thursday. This event will see the first footage for God Particle showcased to reporters, while a similar presentation will be made in Los Angeles on November 2 on the Paramount lot.
Brad Grey, who is the head of Paramount, will personally present these highlights, which will also include footage from various other films that the studio will release in the upcoming months. However it’s believed that Brad Grey won’t be confirming that God Particle is actually part of the Cloverfield universe at the event, and will instead just be showcasing the footage.
News regarding God Particle is still at a premium. But what we do know is that it revolves around a group of astronauts on board a space station that manage to make the Earth disappear after conducting a scientific experiment. When another space shuttle suddenly emerges the crew have to quickly decide whether they are friend or foe.
J.J. Abrams has been involved in its development as a producer, while God Particle’s script was written by Oren Uziel and its director is Julius Onah.
Oren Uziel’s previous work as a screenwriter was on 22 Jump Street, while he also wrote Freaks Of Nature, and the upcoming remake of Mortal Kombat. Julius Onah previously oversaw 10 short-films before making his feature film debut with the 2015 drama The Girl Is In Trouble. That caught the eye of the team over Bad Robot, who then brought him onboard for God Particle.
In God Particle, Onah oversees an all-star cast, too, which includes David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, and Chris O’Dowd.
The news that God Particle is the latest entry into the Cloverfield universe isn’t all that surprising. As well as being instantly speculated when the film was originally announced back in February, fans were expecting a J.J. Abrams produced project to emerge as a third Cloverfield film ever since it was announced in January that the film Valencia was actually entitled 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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10 Cloverfield Lane was released in March, 2016, and went on to gross $108.3 million from just a $15 million budget. It also received positive reviews from critics, too, achieving a score of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critical consensus for the film reading, “Smart, solidly crafted, and palpably tense, 10 Cloverfield Lane makes the most of its confined setting and outstanding cast – and suggests a new frontier for franchise filmmaking.”
10 Cloverfield Lane was itself the “spiritual successor” to 2008’s Cloverfield. Directed by Matt Reeves, written by Drew Goddard, and produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Cloverfield was presented as a found-footage film, and it revolved around six young New Yorkers trying to flee the city after it’s attacked by a gigantic monster. Just like its follow-up, Cloverfield was well received by film critics while it also proved to be a success at the box office, too, grossing $170.8 million from just a $25 million budget.
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