Of all the news to come out of CinemaCon last week, I found the updates regarding Bad Robot’s upcoming releases especially intriguing—especially as it relates to the Cloverfield universe. Things won’t be shaping up exactly as we thought, as J.J. Abrams announced that Overlord (described as a WWII zombie horror) is not part of the ever-expanding Cloverfield franchise launched in 2008. More importantly, he let fans know he’s working on a direct sequel to the original Cloverfield, and that it would be coming to theaters soon.
Did your heart just skip a beat too?
Like many Cloverfield fans, I was vastly underwhelmed by The Cloverfield Paradox, the 3rd film in the franchise. But none of the films are direct sequels; indeed, they may all take place in separate universes, connected only by a tear in time-space allowing monsters and demons to invade multiple dimensions.
A direct sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield is exciting news indeed. And Abrams’ assertion that it would be coming to theaters soon is important on several levels.
The reference to theaters assures us that the movie won’t be dumped on Netflix like Paradox was. More importantly, the adjective “soon” actually carries weight with Abrams. Remember, no one even knew 10 Cloverfield Lane existed until a mere 4 weeks before it hit theaters. It seems possible to me that Cloverfield 2 isn’t only finished filming, but nearly completed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if we see a 2nd Cloverfield movie in 2018—and I’m thrilled by the prospect of a direct continuation of what’s unquestionably the franchise’s best installment.
Official Synopsis: As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
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