Paramount Pictures has just made official launched a sequel to the horror franchise Cloverfieldwhich released its first installment, the acclaimed found-footage film, in theaters in 2008.
Later was born the Universo Cloverfield with the deliveries slightly connected to the original, the excellent thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), and science fiction The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), which did not finish convincing the audiences.
According to Deadline reports, the new project signed Anvari round (Under the Shadow, Wounds, I Came By) as director, with script by Joe Barton (The Ritual, Invasion), y J.J. Abrams producing via Bad Robot alongside Hannah Minghella y John Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves –director of the original– and Drew Goddard –writer of the original– as executive producers.
This is what the medium explains about the next installment:
“As with any Cloverfield movie, the plot details are being kept secret. It is also not known how this new installment will tie in with its predecessors, be it a direct sequel to the original or an anthology piece which takes place in the Cloverfield universe.”
It is also important to remember that in January 2021, Abrams declared that Cloverfield was developing a direct sequel to the original film, precisely with Barton as a screenwriter. Abrams also revealed that it would not be shot in found-footage format. Everything seems to indicate –due to the signing of Barton– that it is the same film.
We are waiting for more official information.
In the meantime…
About the Cloverfield Universe…
“In the area formerly known as Central Park, the following tape was found,” is about Cloverfieldthe film that started the saga and whose found footagerenewed the technique that gained notoriety with The Blair Witch Project. Directed by Matt Reeves from a script by Drew Goddard, and produced by Abrams, it revolves around a group of friends in Manhattan, who must travel the streets of New York to rescue a friend and survive a devastating, strange and mysterious attack at the hands of unknown creatures of monstrous proportions. The cast included Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Odette Anabelle, and TJ Miller.
Eight years later came the second film in the franchise, 10 Cloverfield Lane (you can read Cine3’s review here), directed by Dan Trachtenberg from a screenplay by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Damien Chazelle, again produced by Abrams. This particular installment started as an original idea that was later included and adapted to be included as part of the Cloverfield Universe.
The same technique/strategy was used with the third installment, The Cloverfield Paradox (you can read Cine3’s review here), directed by Julius Onah and written by Doug Jung and Oren Uziel. This installment answered the biggest doubts: why? and the how? Why did the monster appear? How did it originate?
As we mentioned, both non-direct sequels have elements that connect the three installments released so far.