All aboard the Cloververse Conspiracy Train! Recent news speculation claims that not only will there be a Cloverfield 4 film, but that it has already wrapped filming, has a name, and has a release date!
I said this was getting good before, but it’s getting even better now.
Lately, Paramount and Bad Robot Productions have hit fans hard with so many twists and turns. Unless you have the mind of a spider, you’re probably getting confused with this odd web of release news. What about Cloverfield 3? We need a third for there to be a fourth…right?
The most important thing to know about Cloververse: When it comes to film reveals, all bets are off.
A quick summary to get us all caught up: Cloverfield set the scene with its fresh, mysterious interactive ARG themed release campaign back in 2008. 10 Cloverfield Lane filmed under a completely different title and was released with little to no promotion in 2010. Both were huge successes.
Whispers, rumors, and tall tales of a third Cloverfield movie have been plaguing fans since. Bad Robots’s J.J. Abrams reportedly released information of the third installment, calling it God Particle and giving it a release date of April 28th, 2018. Even more recently, following the timely startup of the Cloververse’s famous ARG campaigns, evidence surfaced to combat the title of God Particle with Cloverfield Station.
With this information we can only speculate one of three things: Cloverfield Station is the real title of the third Cloverfield film, God Particle and Cloverfield Station are two separate films (both may or may not exist in the Cloververse), or we’re wrong about it all and the studio continues to fool us.
However, just when we think we have it narrowed down to three options, you guessed it, we’re surrounded by more whispers. This time the news surrounds a fourth installment and those whispers are sounding more and more like screams.
While attempting to filter the real from the fake information circulating the third film, no one was looking for details regarding a fourth film (except me). It had been rumored that following this confirmed third installment, Paramount would release another film in the same vein as Cloverfield, a sister-film of sorts. Think Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in relation to the Paranormal Activity franchise.
Earlier this morning Slashfilm.com confirmed source reports from ScreenRant.com that the upcoming film Overlord is actually a completed fourth Cloverfield film. Slashfilm provided a synopsis of Overlord’s WWII plot back in March 2017, detailing that:
“On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize their is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment”.
This is not a drill.
Overlord is directed by (another Cloververse-pattern up and comer) Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and will star Wyatt Russell (We Are What We Are, 22 Jump Street) and Jovan Adepo (Mother, Fences). It has a very loose release time of October of this year, but there is also talk about it being streamed, possibly by Netflix, along with God Particle/Cloverfield Station.
Could this installment be the origin story of our Cloverfield monster? Would the Tagruato company have some sort of connection with the Nazi party? How will this tie into the supposed astronauts-in-space plot line of God Particle/Cloverfield Station? What will Overlord’s real Cloververse title be?
The potential for surprise is endless, but it does seem that Abrams and the studio have been hard, and secretively, at work. I refuse to bet on sporting events, but in this case I’ll go ahead and take a wild bet that we see a teaser during the Super Bowl LII on Sunday. At this point, I would not be surprised if the Cloververse met the Waniverse or tied into the Avatar franchise at some point.
I’m still privately crossing my fingers about the theory floating around about A Quiet Place being part of the Cloververse, but so many tales are being told it’s difficult to keep track of what might hold water and what might be completely false.
Again, the unexpected is always expected, and obviously highly anticipated.