Cloverfield 4 May Be Coming to Theatres Later This Year


If you thought the poor reception of the recent direct-to-Netflix release The Cloverfield Paradox may have permanently tainted the Cloverfield franchise name, J.J. Abrams and Paramount don’t seem to agree. Plans are reportedly well underway to put out a fourth Cloverfield movie and it is not expected the follow the same release path as The Cloverfield Paradox. Just last week we heard rumours that a fourth movie had already been shot that is intended to fall under the Cloverfield umbrella. Now we seem to have confirmation of that fact and it sounds like it might even see the light of day later this year. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to The Wrap, Paramount is still planning to release the next Cloverfield movie in theatres and it currently has an expected release date of Oct. 26th. The movie was developed under the title Overlord and the plot is said to revolve around “Allied paratroopers in WWII who are shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day and discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.” Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) directed the film from a script by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, Flightplan) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Vacancy).

Paramount and Bad Robot have yet to make an official statement about the project and it is entirely possible that these plans are still subject to change. It seems unlikely that they would release this one without some element of surprise or mystery involved in the marketing. That being said, it seems clear that the Netflix deal for The Cloverfield Paradox was a one-off thing and a way to salvage a project that might not have made its money back theatrically. Are you still interested in seeing another Cloverfield movie or did The Cloverfield Paradox kill your enthusiasm for the series?

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  • Jake

    I was reading an article yesterday that said Cloverfield Paradox started out with a budget between 5-10 million, but then ballooned to 40 million after re-shoots to turn it into a Cloverfield sequel. It was also getting terrible reviews from test audiences, which is why Abrams reached out to Netflix. Netflix apparently paid north of 50 million for it, which instantly made Paramount a profit. Can’t seem to find the article, but it made it sound like this Cloverfield Paradox release strategy may have been a one-off just to salvage production costs. Same article mentioned Overlord had received much more positive test screenings.

  • Sean

    This article has all the stuff you mentioned in it:

    I also found someone who posted on Reddit about seeing a test screening of The Cloverfield Paradox and they had some interesting things to say. They confirmed that all the stuff with Hamilton’s husband on Earth was added later and interestingly that her husband may have also been dead in the alternate timeline. I swear there was a moment where she says her entire family was killed and I was partially confused by the stuff with her husband on Earth… I kept thinking it was a third timeline or something.

  • Tommy

    I thought I couldn’t give a shit, but that creative team ain’t bad.

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    Do you know if this new one started out as a Cloverfield movie? That was clearly a big problem with Paradox, not so much Lane. They just need to set out to make a Cloverfield sequel from the start.

  • 1138sw

    Wow really? I’m totally not interested. I mean the first movie was OK but the subsequent sequels have been duds to be honest.

  • Dirk Gently

    Someone has a pile of junk scripts on their desk and they’ll be damned if they are going to waste. No matter how tortured the process, every single one of them can be turned into a Cloverfield sequel.

  • Dirk Gently

    Not brought up in the Podcast, but remember also that originally this was called ‘The God Particle’. There was one mention that i remember in the movie of the Higgs Boson, although i forget the context. It seems clear that following the actual discovery at CERN, someone used that as inspiration for writing a script that made up most of what we saw in the movie. The rest was, of course, added in to make it a Cloverfield sequel.

    I think the original plot was a tortured abomination about creating energy using a particle accelerator, which turned into a tortured abomination about how not to make a sequel.

  • Mrespony

    The Cloverfield Paradox reminded me of all the Aliens/Abyss knock offs from the 90’s. If you find some redeeming qualities in Deep Star Six, Event Horizon or Leviathan you will get a good return on your time. Got the same vibe from Life and Europa Report.