Earlier this week it was reported that the third instalment in the Cloverfield franchise may finally have a name: Cloverfield Station. Today the news keeps coming as Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider has reported that the previously titled God Particle may have been acquired by Netflix.
These rumours stem from rumblings that Sneider heard at Sundance Festival regarding the film’s release, and following his initial report several sources have added weight to the speculation.
Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I'm heading into a movie. Just passing along, since the delays HAVE been suspicious…
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2018
THR have reported that new Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos could be the catalyst for the change in direction, as recently he has been deciding which of Paramount’s upcoming films should receive a theatrical release and which should not. Worryingly, this decision on Gianopulos’ part suggests that Cloverfield Station wasn’t good enough to make the cut, with THR stating:
“Sources say the movie needed some work, and while Abrams expressed an intent to get down to business in postproduction, it was too little, too late.”
On a positive note, a change in distribution may mean that we get to see the film sooner than expected. The third film in the Cloverfield Universe was originally slated for release on April 20th, but if a deal has been agreed between Paramount and Netflix then there’s every chance that it could debut before that date.
A Netflix release would also allow for a subtler marketing campaign, meaning that it would be easier to preserve the intrigue surrounding the film prior to release.