When the original Cloverfield was released back in 2008, it was a unique take on the found footage horror genre with a clever marketing campaign, but over a decade later the franchise has morphed into something else. Paramount released two spin-offs that were not directly connected in terms of plot or characters and only added the Cloverfield name after the fact. The latter, The Cloverfield Paradox, went direct to Netflix and was not particularly well-received. While there has been talk of additional movies being pulled under the Cloverfield umbrella (both A Quiet Place and Overlord were rumoured to be under consideration at one point), we are now hearing that an official Cloverfield sequel is also in the works. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, British writer Joe Barton has been hired to pen Cloverfield 2 for Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. Barton is currently acting as the showrunner for HBO Max’s upcoming Batman spin-off series that centers on the Gotham City Police Department. He also created the Netflix / BBC crime series Giri/Haji and wrote the horror movie The Ritual as well as the upcoming Amazon sci-fi movie Invasion. J.J. Abrams will produce along with Bad Robot head of film, Hannah Minghella, but no director is currently attached.
Sources say that the new Cloverfield movie will be ditching the found footage format but story details are still unknown. It might seem safe to at least assume that this will be another monster movie but when it comes to Cloverfield anything is possible. It is also unclear if any of the previous characters will be returning. Abrams stated at one point that they were considering a sequel that would bring together Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Gugu Mbatha-Raw from 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox but that seems unlikely to have anything to do with this project. Are you game for Cloverfield 2?