A new “Cloverfield” sequel is currently in development at Paramount, with Babak Anvari attached to direct, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.
British genre-TV screenwriter Joe Barton is penning the script. True to the “Cloverfield” franchise’s signature secrecy, plot details are being kept under wraps.
J.J. Abrams, who produced the original “Cloverfield” in 2008, is producing the untitled sequel via his Bad Robot banner, along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves, and Drew Goddard are the executive producers.
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“Cloverfield” spawned two movies that were each set in a shared universe, “10 Cloverfield Lane” and “The Cloverfield Paradox.”
“Cloverfield” was the story of a group of young New Yorkers who embark on a rescue mission to save their friend amid a mysterious, unknown monster attack ravaging the city. The movie was notable for being shot as though it was found footage, much like “The Blair Witch Project,” and it also received a viral marketing campaign that helped boost the low budget film to a worldwide gross of $172.3 million worldwide.
Though they were developed as separate films, the story elements of both “10 Cloverfield Lane” from 2016 and “The Cloverfield Paradox” from 2018 were fashioned into becoming part of a shared universe, telling different perspectives of the same monster attack, the first from the confines of a man harboring two strangers in a bunker during the attack, and the other from the view of scientists in outer space.
Anvari first broke out directing 2016’s “Under the Shadow.” His sophomore effort “Wounds” premiered at Sundance in 2019 and at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. That film was released later that year on Hulu. Anvari most recently directed “I Came By” for Netflix.
Anvari is repped by WME, Grandview, Independent Talent Group and Ziffren Brittenham.
Deadline first reported the news.