AceShowbiz - The next "Cloverfield" movie may land on Netflix. The streaming giant is now reportedly in talks to acquire "God Particle", which is believed to be a second sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2008 monster horror film, from Paramount.
The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider first reported the news on Twitter, before The Hollywood Reporter confirms it. "Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I'm heading into a movie. Just passing along, since the delays HAVE been suspicious...," Sneider tweeted on Monday, January 22.
Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I'm heading into a movie. Just passing along, since the delays HAVE been suspicious...— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2018
According to THR, Jim Gianopulos, who took over as Paramount chairman in spring, took a look at the slate and "looked at what is theatrical [and] what is not in this day and age." A source tells the site that certain movies were not making the cut.
"God Particle" is directed by Julius Onah from a script written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung. It follows a team of astronauts aboard a space station who, after a shocking discovery, is forced to fight for survival while their reality has been altered.
The two previous "Cloverfield" film were produced and released by Paramount to great profitability. The first film, directed by Abrams, grossed $80 million domestically on a $25 million budget. The sequel, "10 Cloverfield Lane", cost even less and made $72 million domestically.
However, the upcoming film, which is also known as "Cloverfield Station", has a bigger budget in the $40 million-plus range with more established cast supporting it. Among the well-known actors starring in the third film are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O'Dowd and Zhang Ziyi.
"God Particle" has been in post-production and needed some work. Abrams expressed an intent to lend his helping hands for it, but he may have been preoccupied by his unexpected new gig after he signed on to return as the helmer for "Star Wars Episode IX", following the firing of director Colin Trevorrow.