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The Cloverfield Paradox & Series News

Steve Porter / February 8, 2018

Back in mid January of 2007 at a time when found footage movies were still somewhat tolerable J.J. Abrams produced the first film in his science fiction anthology series titled Cloverfield. When a monster attacks New York a handful of friends find themselves separated from another member of their group and set out on a rescue mission.

 

 

Created under a shroud of secrecy, using multiple titles, small crews when possible and even resorting to keeping the complete script hidden from pretty much everyone, only giving the talent and crew sections of the script immediately prior to filming. Cloverfield was produced on a budget of $25 million and took home over $170 million internationally. Directed by Matt Reeves (Dawn OF The Planet Of The Apes) and written by Drew Goddard (Buffy, Angel and Lost). At the time of writing this the film has a score of 7/10 on IMDB from the votes of just over 325,000 members.

 

10 Cloverfield Lane

 

 

The second film, titled 10 Cloverfield Lane was released in march of 2016 and featured Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. The Film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle – Chazelle was initially supposed to direct the film but left to focus on La La Land.

 

 

After a car accident on a remote road a woman awakens to find herself captive in a bomb shelter by two men who claim there was a chemical attack. 10 cloverfield lane was produced for $15 million and took home over $110 million world wide. Currently the film is rated 7.2/10 and received a fair amount of praise from both the general public and critics.

 

The Cloverfield Paradox

 

 

During the Superbowl Netflix ponied up $5 million and dropped a surprise trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox, the latest film in the series. But at the end of the trailer, No warning. Boom! The words: Watch Now appear at the end of the trailer. People were shocked to say the least. The film originally was slated to be released in April of 2018 and also had a completely different name, God Particle. Scientists in a space station orbiting earth run tests on a device in the hopes of solving an energy crisis. During a test the device malfunctions and the astronauts face a dark alternate reality. Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) and Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond). The film is rated TV-MA, is classified as  “Horror Mystery Sci Fi” Let’s get this out of the way quickly. In comparison to the other titles in the franchise The Cloverfield Paradox is BY FAR the WORST filming the series. That being said, It’s not terrible but definitely does not stack up to the other two.

 

 

After a hefty amount of post production tweaks to the narrative and characters executives at Paramount had deemed the film “Unsalvageable”. It was set to be a disaster at the box office. So in stepped Netflix. It’s been reported that the rights to the film were purchased for a cool $50 million which instantly made the film a profit in the eyes of the studio. For Netflix it seems all they care about is creating a buzz for their platform. They want you thinking “Hey it’s only 10 bucks for an account. I wonder what else they’ve got?” As it stands, The Cloverfield Paradox is the lowest performing film in terms of ratings for the series with a dismal 5.9/10 on IMDB. That number is guaranteed to change as it’s only based on roughly 20k votes. SPOILERS IN VIDEO BELOW.

 

 

They tried to cram so much into the movie – Cloverfield was found footage Godzilla inspired alien movie. 10 cloverfield lane was a phycological thriller which used a alien invasion as a backdrop. The Cloverfield Paradox is like every space horror-thriller all rolled into one. There are moments it feels like you’re watching an ALIEN rip off. And we also get some serious nods to other science fiction gems like Event Horizon. As with the other films in the series TCP is very self referential, We’ve gotta say this is some pretty intricate world building and narrative spider webbing.  Collectively the first two films in the franchise brought in nearly $290,000,000. And seeing as Netflix does not talk about its numbers there’s no way to know how much the film will make for them. We’re sure that some time in the coming months Netflix will announce how many new visitors flocked to the platform just because of TCP.  

 

 

The next film in the anthology will star Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror: Playtest) and is rumored to be titled Overlord. From director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and writers Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Two American paratroopers are tasked with dropping in behind enemy lines to carry out a mission vital to the success of D Day. Once at the target they find more going on than what was suspected. The Nazi occupied village is a front for more than just a military operation. A Nazi experiment has them battle against supernatural forces. Principle photography was only completed on the 29th of January. Right now the film is set for release on the 28th of October 2018.