Cloverfield shocked the world back in 2008, and its sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane did the same last year after being filmed completely in secret. Now, the third installment to the low-budget horror anthology series will arrive later this year – and the movie’s screenwriter explained how his previously-unrelated project morphed into the next movie of the series.
Screenwriter Oren Uziel spoke with Collider to promote his Netflix movie Shimmer Lake, and in the process he touched upon what it took to make his sci-fi horror project into a sci-fi horror project that’s part of an existing series of movies:
“It was written before 10 Cloverfield Lane and the expanded Cloverfield universe even existed as a thing. It was a spec that I wrote probably a year or so after Shimmer Lake, so it definitely existed as its own science-fiction. And then after years of, you know how scripts kind of hang around—people like them but for whatever reason they decided to make it and then suddenly everything fell into place with J.J. [Abrams], Bad Robot, and Paramount. I don’t know exactly when it became a Cloverfield movie, but I suspect in this current market where it’s just harder and harder to market an original movie of any kind, a science-fiction movie in particular, but I think everyone just knew if it fits—and it does—into that Cloverfield world, it should, and it can only help. We rewrote during production, but I’m not sure what it means to be part of the expanded Cloverfield universe, other than knowing what kind of quality and feel you’re gonna get from something that’s coming out of Bad Robot and J.J. It just sort of helps to give an understanding of like, ‘Okay I understand what type of movie this is gonna be.’ As far as specifics, I don’t think there is one specific thread that makes it a Cloverfield movie, I guess.”
In general, it seems like Uziel had a good idea to begin with, but Paramount is playing it safe by putting the Cloverfield name on the film (as franchises are easier to sell than original properties these days, which is why we live in an age of remakes, sequels, reboots, spin-offs, and cinematic universes). Knowing that Bad Robot has a tendency to attach the teaser trailers for these movies to Michael Bay explosion-fests, it’s likely that we can expect our first look at God Particle to come with Transformers: The Last Knight. It should be noted that the film itself will not be called God Particle on release and is now listed as being Untitled Cloverfield Movie by Paramount Pictures, meaning that whatever title it has will feature Cloverfield in the name.
God Particle comes into formation on October 27, 2017. The film’s cast includes David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Ziyi, Aksel Hennie, and John Ortiz. Uziel’s Shimmer Lake will be available to watch on Netflix on June 9.
Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up
Every year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.
I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.
If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!