You might not have known it, but next month we were scheduled to get a third Cloverfield film in just a couple of weeks. Titled The God Particle, it was set for a February 2 release. As expected, there had been virtually no advertising or promotion for the film. This is J J Abrams’ “Mystery Box” theory in action, much like how there was no advertising for the previous two Cloverfield films until just a few weeks before so release.
The lack of public awareness for the film also makes it really easy to move the film around without anyone noticing.
And that’s what it looks like Paramount was hoping to do, but the folks behind the Discussing Film twitter have found out that the film has been removed from the release schedule.
EXCLUSIVE: According to Elizabeth Debicki's reps, 'CLOVERFIELD 3' will no longer release in February 2018 with no updated release date currently made. pic.twitter.com/NkHtR9Lf0b
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) January 2, 2018
Meanwhile, SlashFilm is following up with a report that the Paramount has told them that the film’s new release date is now April 20, 2018.
So what do we do know about The God Particle? Not too much. The film, directed by Julius Onah, wrapped production back in 2016. It centers on a group of astronauts in an orbital space station laboratory who discover something with dire consequences. It stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi. Much like 10 Cloverfield Lane, The God Particle wasn’t written to be part of the nascent Cloverfield franchise, but has been retrofitted into it. And that’s pretty much it.
We’ll find out more as it gets closer to April.