Paramount Plans to Release 4th Cloverfield Movie Theatrically
Paramount plans to release 4th Cloverfield movie theatrically
Netflix‘s The Cloverfield Paradox made a surprise debut on the streaming service after the Super Bowl, and despite punishing reviews (20% on Rotten Tomatoes) the movie managed to make a splash in the media. Since then, many have wondered if Paramount will dump the upcoming 4th Cloverfield movie (a World War II-set film tentatively titled Overlord) to Netflix as well, but according to TheWrap, the studio plans to stick to its theatrical release on October 26, 2018.
The Cloverfield franchise was originally envisioned to be a series of lower-budget genre movies connected in a loose anthology style, but The Cloverfield Paradox budget wound up ballooning to over $40 million after costly reshoots and attempts to connect it more overtly to the original 2008 Cloverfield. Sensing a potential embarrassment after poor test screenings, Heat Vision reports that producer J.J. Abrams, Paramount chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and head of original films Scott Stuber negotiated a deal worth over $50 million that instantly put the film into profit and saved Paramount throwing good money after bad on marketing. While Paramount may have abandoned the planned April 20 theatrical bow for Paradox, they still retain rights for China and home entertainment, which will smartly allow them to include the 3rd movie in inevitable Cloverfield Blu-ray box sets and Digital bundles.
Overlord, which is said to involve Allied soldiers shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day who encounter supernatural forces (potentially zombies), has apparently garnered a more positive reception at test screenings than its predecessor. However, Heat Vision notes that the ultimate fate of the film’s release is not yet determined at the studio, so anything goes. The 4th Cloverfield movie features stars Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk and Bokeem Woodbine, and is directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) from a script by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).
The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious films, Kong: Skull Island), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).
Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble), the film was originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel. The project was rewritten by Star Trek Beyond‘s Doug Jung.
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The most unifying element in the new film is the actual "Cloverfield Paradox" as espoused by theoretician Mark Stambler (Donal Logue), who appears on a news show discussing how the particle accelerator they're testing in space could rip open the membrane of space-time. "Smashing together multiple dimensions, shattering reality, and not just on that station… everywhere. This experiment could unleash chaos the likes of which we have never seen. Monsters, demons, beasts from the sea… and not just here and now. In the past, in the future, in other dimensions." That means that even though this film takes place slightly in the future, it could mean other films set in the present or past like 10 Cloverfield Lane or the upcoming WWII-set Overlord could feel the effects. It also means anything and everything can collide with reality going forward in this franchise, for better or worse.
The name Kelvin appears in all of J.J. Abrams movies (it's the name of his maternal grandfather), from the name of the ship at the beginning of Star Trek to the name of a ridge in The Force Awakens. In 10 Cloverfield Lane, the character Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is seen refueling her car at a Kelvin station, while in Cloverfield Paradox we see Ava Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her husband Michael (Roger Davies) in a 2-hour gas line at, you guessed it, Kelvin gas. The scene is meant to underscore the extreme power deficit the Earth is at. It should also be mentioned that Kelvin Gas appears in Super 8 as well, and it's up to fans to decide if they consider that film retroactively part of the Cloverfield universe now that we know monsters were unleashed in the past as well.
There is a Slusho bobble head visible on one of the command consoles onboard Cloverfield Station. The Slusho company has a history in Abrams properties dating back to Lost, through Star Trek and Super 8 and even a visual nod at Kelvin Gas in 10 Cloverfield Lane. It might have extra significance for Cloverfield Paradox, as the Station itself is likely a subcontracted product of the Tagruato corporation, which also counts Bold Futura (the company John Goodman worked for) and, yes, Slusho as its companies. Tagruato was also founded in 1945, the year after the upcoming 4th film Overlord takes place during the D-Day invasion. Another one of their subsidiaries is Yoshida Medical Research, which deals in deep-sea study that may have led to the activation of the Cloverfield monster from the ocean.
Back on Earth, Hamilton's husband Michael finds a young girl from Philadelphia named Molly (Clover Nee, actual name). They hide out in a sealed underground bunker not unlike the one John Goodman's Howard Stambler built in 10 Cloverfield Lane. This indicates that the timeline for both these movies may have existed during a preamble to war between Russians and America, thus the bomb shelters, and meaning that Stambler's shelter may not have been a weird thing to have in this universe.
One of the strongest connections to the 2008 original is that it is the Cloverfield Station itself that is the satellite seen crashing into the ocean in the final shot of the first Cloverfield. That retroactively sets the timeline of that film forward to this future timeline, which makes sense since the date on the camera at the end of the '08 film features no year, only the date. It's also possible that ALL the movies exist in different timelines, hence a multiverse of possibilities.
The biggest thing (literally) tying this film to Cloverfield is the actual Cloverfield monster from the 2008 film, which emerges from under the clouds obviously bigger and angrier than the one we saw prior. How he connects with the creatures seen in 10 Cloverfield Lane remains to be seen. Clovie can also be seen briefly as a silhouette behind a cloud of yellow smoke that Michael witnesses.