Back in October, we first got news that the 3rd film in the Cloverfield franchise, God Particle, would be released theatrically in February. To recap:
The mysterious upcoming J.J. Abrams-produced film God Particle will be the latest movie connected to the producer’s cult hit Cloverfield, an insider familiar with the project told TheWrap. Not only will Particle be the third in a series of connected Cloverfield films, but Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe, the individual said. Both parties hope to release a new film in the shared Cloverfield each year, the insider added.
It was just announced, however, that Particle has been removed from Paramount’s release schedule, and a 3rd Cloverfield film will instead be released on October 27th (which is also the tentative release date for Saw: Legacy). Per Deadline:
It’s a clever way of wording a release date announcement because the gist is that Julius Onah’s God Particle is now Cloverfield. God’s Particle stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd. It focuses on a group of astronauts aboard an international space station who make a shocking discovery and must fight for their survival. Oren Uziel and Doug Jung wrote the screenplay.
Can't keep anything hidden these days. Paramount's 2017 CLOVERFIELD MOVIE (IMAX) drops from the sky October 27, 2017.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 8, 2016
In other words, the next film in the Cloverfield franchise is no longer called God Particle; whether that means Particle has been completely scrapped in favor of something new, or if it’s merely a title change, remains to be seen.
In the original Cloverfield: 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.
In 10 Cloverfield Lane: After surviving a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard (John Goodman) tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.