The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures are developing a sequel to 2008 monster-horror film Cloverfield, with Joe Barton attached to write the script.
The original film, shot in the found-footage format, focused on a group of twenty-somethings trying to navigate through the city of New York during an attack by a giant monster.
The original film was made on a $25m budget and was a box office hit for the studio, earning over $172m at the worldwide box office. Later the studio would put out two more films tied-in to the Cloverfield universe, 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and 2018’s The Cloverfield Paradox, though these films were originally developed as separate projects, but were then moulded under the Cloverfield banner and tying them to a linked story with sci-fi and monster themes. While 10 Cloverfield Lane done well at the box office worldwide (over $110m on a under $25m budget), Cloverfield Paradox was sold off to Netflix and became a critical and audience disappointment.
The report states that it now appears that this project will serve as a direct sequel to the 2008 original, but it will not follow the same found-footage format. J.J Abrams will be producing alongside head of film at Bad Robot Hannah Minghella.