Deadline is announcing that Paramount has removed Bad Robot’s God Particle, the expected next film in the Cloverfield universe from the 2017 Paramount schedule. Elsewhere, an unnamed Cloverfield IMAX Movie has been added to the Paramount release schedule for October 27, 2017. Are these the same film? And, if not, when will we get to see God Particle, which was previously scheduled to come out in February 2017? Are Paramount and J.J. Abrams trolling us? Let’s break this down…
In October, we announced that God Particle, an under-the-radar science fiction movie directed by Julius Onah and starring David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, would be the next film “connected to” the Cloverfield universe. Like 10 Cloverfield Lane, God Particle seemed to be more of a spiritual successor to the 2008 monster flick rather than directly connected, following the story of a team of astronauts who make a “terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival.” Furthermore, via a report from The Wrap, we learned that Abrams and Paramount were aiming to release a new Cloverfield movie every year, crafting a loose, shared cinematic universe.
Just a few months later, God Particle has been completely removed from the schedule (for now), and a new unnamed Cloverfield IMAX Movie set for the end of the year. This could mean one of a few things: 1. They are the same movie, and God Particle has been pushed back until the end of the year and potentially renamed. (This seems more likely.) Or 2. God Particle and Cloverfield IMAX Movie are two separate films, and God Particle will be rescheduled somewhere else on the Paramount schedule shortly, or perhaps for 2018 as to stretch out the Cloverfield Shared Cinematic Universe. Either way, Paramount is effectively keeping us guessing.
Regardless, what does this mean for the October 2017 release schedule? With Cloverfield IMAX Movie scheduled for October 27th, October 2017 is looking suitably Halloween-y, with Friday the 13th, Insidious 4, and a new Saw film all dropping that month. Saw: Legacy is also scheduled for an October 27th release, while the other horror films hit earlier in the month. In other franchise news, the Kingsman sequel is also scheduled to drop that month on October 6th, after being pushed back from a Summer 2017 release.
In addition to Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw, God Particle also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, and Chris O’Dowd and will be made from a screenplay by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung.