Another “monstrous” film franchise has taken a big step forward.
The next installment in the popular Cloverfield horror franchise is finally gaining some momentum. It’s been well over a year since any news broke on a possible direct sequel to the 2008 found-footage monster flick, but this week a director was named to the project, according to a report on Deadline.
Paramount Pictures has inked Babak Anvari to helm the film from a screenplay by Joe Barton. J.J. Abrams will again produce the movie, along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Drew Goddard (who wrote the original film) and Matt Reeves (who directed the original) will serve as executive producers.
Not much else is known about the pic at this point in time. Despite some reports that circulated last year, it is not known if this new film will be a straight sequel to the original or an anthology piece in the Cloverfield universe. The first film gave birth to 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).
The original Cloverfield–from director Reeves and screenwriter Goddard–stars Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman and Lizzy Caplan. The storyline follows six young Manhattan residents fleeing from a gigantic monster (and other smaller creatures) that attack the city, making a shambles of a farewell party in progress.
The film–a critical and commercial success–raked in $172 million worldwide at the box office on a budget of $25 million.
With no word yet on casting or production schedules, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this next Cloverfield entry.