EXCLUSIVE: Following the success of Top Gun: Maverick and sonic the hedgehog 2, Paramount Pictures is looking to spin the wheels of another popular franchise as sources tell Deadline a new Cloverfield pic is in the works with Babak Anvari directing and Joe Barton writing the screenplay. JJ Abrams produces from Bad Robot, with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard will serve as executive producers.
As with any Cloverfield pic, plot details are being kept under wraps. It’s also unclear how this new installment will tie into its predecessors, whether it’s its direct sequel to the original or an anthology piece set in the Cloverfield universe.
The original 2008 film was not only a smash hit at the box office, but garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its groundbreaking style of found footage. Reeves made this shot, which helped launch his career and gave Paramount a whole new world to explore for future episodes. The Cloverfield The marketing campaign was ahead of its time, too, starting with a trailer that played like a found-picture comedy at a house party that quickly unveiled its sci-fi elements. It is considered one of the best teasers of recent years.
This new episode is the first time Paramount has announced a new Cloverfield the film as being in development; previous sequels 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradoxwhich ended up airing on Netflix in 2018, were developed as properties with different titles and were not unveiled as Cloverfield photos up to the premiere of the trailers.
As for Anvari, the film marks his first studio pole, after having cut his teeth in the world of arthouse thrillers. His first film, 2016 Under the shade, earned him a BAFTA for Best Debut Filmmaker. His second movie injuries, starring Armie Hammer and Zazie Beets, premiered at Sundance 2019 and the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was released later that year on Hulu. Babak has also partnered with Lucan Toh and their company, Two & Two, has a television development deal at AMC, where they are developing a slate of projects.
He recently made his first major studio film with the Netflix pic I passed, with George Mackay, Kelly Macdonald and Hugh Bonneville. The film was released in late August and garnered over 30 million viewing hours in its first week on the platform.
Anvari is replaced by WME, Grandview, Independent Talent Group and Ziffren Brittenham. Barton is replaced by CAA, Range Media Partners and Independent Talent Group.