Earlier this year, Bad Robot pulled the old switcheroo on film fans by revealing a “spiritual sequel” to 2008’s Cloverfield with 10 Cloverfield Lane and producer J.J. Abrams revealed plans for a long-lasting theatrical anthology series. Following that reveal, many speculated that the upcoming God Particle from Bad Robot would be the next Cloverfield movie, and now TheWrap reports that is in fact the case.
The outlet goes on to report that Abrams and Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the franchise with plans to release one every year. It remains to be seen, however, if the film will be retitled “Cloverfield Particle” or another branded name upon release.
The plot for God Particle is said to revolve around an American space station that, after an accident with a particle accelerator, suddenly finds that Earth has vanished altogether. Things get stranger when they then pick up traces of another space station nearby. It stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Krasinski (13 Hours, “The Office”), 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).
In physics, the “God Particle” is a nickname given to the hypothetical Higgs boson, a particle upon which much of our understanding of quantum physics is based. The world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, was built in Geneva, Switzerland in an attempt to prove the Higgs boson’s existence.
God Particle will be directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was since rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung. The film is set for a February 24, 2017 release.
10 Cloverfield Lane starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. and managed to bring in $108 million at the global box office, while the original Cloverfield brought in over $170 million upon release.