Cloverfield, the 2008 science-fiction movie that popularised found-footage filmmaking for a time, is getting a sequel – but with a twist.
The movie has had two spin-offs in the forms of 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, which were made as their own movies before being retooled into a shared universe.
One was a paranoid thriller set in a bunker, while the other was set in space. Both were shot more traditionally, rather than the found-footage style used in the original.
This new project is being created from the start as a Cloverfield sequel, but it isn't going to be made up of found-footage.
The plan to turn unrelated films into loose Cloverfield spin-offs came to a halt when The Cloverfield Paradox, which released straight to Netflix after its trailer dropped, was critically savaged.
Overlord, another JJ Abrams production, was rumoured to be another Cloverfield spin-off, but that turned out not to be the case.
The writers of A Quiet Place expected it to be retooled into a part of the franchise, but common sense prevailed there.
We'll have to wait and see if a 'proper' Cloverfield sequel without the original's unique selling point will work.
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