10 Cloverfield Lane might be on a lot of people’s Top 10 Movies of 2016 list, and I would agree with every one of those people. Described as the “blood relative to Cloverfield” by producer J.J. Abrams, the film came as a huge surprise to longtime fans who demanded a sequel. Not only did 10 Cloverfield Lane deliver on its hype by telling a focused and contained story with great characters, but the film also planted the seeds for more storylines to be told in future films. Well, there will be no surprise this time, as the upcoming film God Particle has been confirmed as the next film in the Cloverfield universe.
Sources claim the film has already been developed and secretly shot, with up and coming indie director Julius Onah at the helm. God Particle stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion) as they lead a team of astronauts who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival. At the moment, it’s unknown where it takes place in the Cloverfield timeline, but based on the plot details I expect this film to touch more on the origins of the extra-terrestrial creatures.
It’s said that Paramount and Abrams have been actively developing more movies in the Cloverfield universe. Their goal is to have a film released once a year, similar to what Star Wars is doing. Considering the small budget of $15 million for 10 Cloverfield Lane, and its $108 million worldwide gross, this universe could become a major profit for both the studio and fans. See Hollywood, not every connected universe has to feature $100 million dollar budget films. There’s money to be made with smaller to middle budget films, if approached wisely. I love what Cloverfield is becoming, and I find myself more invested than I’ve ever been. God Particle is scheduled to hit theaters on February 24, 2017.
Sources: The Wrap, Collider.