While there have been a few films released since 2007’s Cloverfield that are connected to the series, we’ve yet to see a true sequel to the found footage disaster film. That might be about to change. Speaking at CinemaCon, J.J. Abrams told the crowd that “we’re actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel”.
This was in response to the rumours regarding the upcoming World War II horror movie Overlord – which is produced by Abrams – being a Cloverfield film. Abrams didn’t deny that the film would be connected to the franchise, but it now seems unlikely, and he did add that it would be Bad Robot’s first R-rated picture.
The questions regarding Overlord are unsurprising considering neither 10 Cloverfield Lane nor The Cloverfield Paradox were Cloverfield movies to begin with, but were retrofitted to connect to the franchise. But now there is movement on a new, direct sequel to the 2007 film, and Abrams confirmed that this one will be released theatrically.
The anthology format the other interconnected films began to take on fell flat on its face with the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, so it will be interesting to see if Abrams and co. move away from that format and back to something that resembles the original film.
We’ll have to wait for more details to emerge, and knowing Abrams and his history with Cloverfield, they might be hard to come by. We do know that Overlord, directed by Julius Avery, will be released in cinemas on Friday, October 26. We’re pretty sure it’s not a Cloverfield movie, but you never know.