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New Cloverfield Movie in Development

A new Cloverfield movie is currently in development at Paramount.

According to Variety, the sci-fi anthology series is getting a new installment, with Wounds director Babak Anvari taking over. The Ritual writer Joe Barton will write the script.

JJ Abrams will produce the film for Bad Robot, along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard are on board as executive producers.

The original Cloverfield was directed by Matt Reeves and debuted in 2008 after a highly successful yet utterly mysterious marketing campaign. Known for his found footage style, Cloverfield told the story of a group of friends struggling to survive in a city under attack by a giant monster.

At the time, the film’s trailers gave little away, and word of mouth increased the mystery surrounding the film.

This was followed in 2016 by 10 Cloverfield Lane by director Dan Trachtenberg. The new film, which shaped the series like an anthology, was not a straightforward sequel, but told the all-new story of Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) – a young woman who wakes up in an underground bunker after a car accident, with two men who claim that an unknown event has made the outside world uninhabitable.

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10 Cloverfield Lan received critical acclaim, praising Winstead and John Goodman’s performances, and praising Trachtenberg for the film’s edgy style.

However, the series then took a bit of a left turn with The Cloverfield Paradox…

Created for Netflix by director Julius Onah, The Cloverfield Paradox was received with much less enthusiasm. The film told the story of a crew of international astronauts trying to solve the Earth’s energy crisis and received generally negative reviews.

IGN’s review of The Cloverfield Paradox gave it a 5.9/10, saying, “The Cloverfield Paradox is a paradox in itself. Split between trying to be a standalone sci-fi space horror and a key connection point in the Cloverfield mythos, the film never quite succeeds. The original tensions of its space-set plot cannot avoid contrived beats, even despite entertaining performances and an emotionally powerful arc from Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Whether the new Cloverfield movie can reach the intoxicating heights of the franchise’s previous installments remains to be seen.

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However, it is thought that the new film will actually be a direct sequel to the 2008 Cloverfield… just without the found footage.

Want to read more about Cloverfield? Check out our Cloverfield review and find out all about the alternative 10 Cloverfield Lane exits.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.