‘Cloverfield’ Sequel Scripter Says Film Is “Getting Closer”

by Thomas Tuna

Small steps are better than none.

The next entry in the Cloverfield horror franchise received a big boost last month when Babak Anvari signed on to direct the Paramount Pictures feature, and now screenwriter Joe Barton has given a (somewhat) optimistic update on the film’s progress.

The new film–which may or may not be a direct sequel to the 2008 found-footage monster pic–is “getting closer to production,” Barton recently told Variety. “I’m writing it on my own, with J.J. Abrams as producer. So, I go away and do my drafts and then he gives me notes, and he’ll jump in occasionally and look at the drafts.”

Barton added that he’s “doing some revisions at the moment, and the hope is that this will be the last big script push. And then we get on to actually making it.”

The original Cloverfield follows six young Manhattan residents fleeing from a gigantic monster (and other creatures) that attacks the city, making a shambles of a farewell party in progress. The film–which earned $172 million globally on a $25-million budget–spawned 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this sequel to Cloverfield.


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