2008's Cloverfield received a surprise sequel with this year's #10CloverfieldLane, a movie that was kept secret until a few months before its release. Being such an extraordinary feat in today's world, some of us believed such a successful mystery could not be replicated. Well, that happened once again with JJ Abrams' God Particle, revealed to be part of the Cloverfield universe back in October.
With a star-studded cast and production having started since June of this year, everything seemed to be on track for the film's February 24 release date, until today. Paramount announced that #GodParticle is now simply titled Cloverfield Movie, confirming its ties to the universe, and that the film has been pushed back to October 27, 2017 — a strange title change as it actually seems to regress from a theatrical title to a working one.
This is a very surprising move for the studio, considering God Particle was supposedly close to completion as part of their ambitious plan for the #Cloverfield franchise. In October, TheWrap described JJ and Paramount's strategy:
"Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe... Both parties hope to release a new film in the shared 'Cloverfield' each year."
The date-shift could put in jeopardy their plans to deliver a considerable amount of movies in a relatively short time span, These events add to the trouble #CloverfieldMovie has encountered in taking off. The project has been in development since 2012 but was delayed due to Paramount's Insurge Pictures label being dismantled.
Fortunately it has a release date and its fate is not up in the air. With 10 Cloverfield Lane's positive reception and great box office numbers, the brand seems to be in a good place at the moment.
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Either way, we will have to wait a lot longer to get to see the third film in the Cloverfield franchise. To hold you over until it arrives, here's the synopsis:
A team of astronauts aboard a space station find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. When a space shuttle appears, the space station crew must fight for survival following their horrible discovery.
The movie stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd and Zhang Ziyi.