Netflix is on a roll.
Following the announcement that its action-fantasy blockbuster (which cost about $90 million) Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, has become the most-watched original title of the streaming service, at the same time giving a considerable boost to the platform’s subscriptions base, it has now been revealed that Netflix is in talk to acquire the new Cloverfield sequel produced by J. J. Abrams, named God Particle.
With years of delays and even being pulled from Paramount’s release schedule, it looks like the 3rd mysterious chapter in the Cloverfield franchise could finally see the light of day, just not where we expected.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is still unclear whether a deal will be made between Netflix and Paramount, but for the past 2 years, the production company, which distributed the 2 first movies of the saga, has made it evident that it has been struggling to find any interests in releasing the new sequel. “He sat down and looked at what is theatrical, what is not in this day and age,” says one source about Paramount’s chairman Jim Gianopulos to THR. “Certain movies were not making the cut.”
Also known as Cloverfield Station or Untitled Cloverfield Sequel, God Particle, featuring Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O’Dowd, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi, was announced in 2012 and finished filming in September 2016. As always with Cloverfield productions, the storyline is being kept very secret, although we already know the film focuses on a team of astronauts aboard an international space station.
If the deal is indeed signed, Netflix could end up the biggest winner as it would follow the success of Bright, conveniently preceding its upcoming sequel already in the works and expanding its offer of big-budget content, which in this day and age is what really makes a streaming platform standout in terms of profit.