'God Particle' Cloverfield Sequel May Be Headed to Netflix Instead of Theaters

After a fairly groundbreaking and successful film in 10 Cloverfield Lane, it's been a topsy-turvy time for the Cloverfield franchise. There was immediate talk of a sequel to the 2016 film, which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman.

Originally called Valencia (at least on paper), the third film in the alien saga has gone through at least three title changes. The most recent is God Particle, but even that has been changed, some inside sources claim.

The original release date for God Particle was February 24th, 2017, but then that was pushed back to October 27th, 2017. Then the most recent rumored release date was set as February 2nd, 2018, to then be updated on Wikipedia and IMDB to now say April 20th, 2018. Needless to say, we haven't even seen a trailer yet for this film, and some inside sources have said the film have said the delays and pushbacks are not because the film wasn't completed.

Credit: Netflix

Yesterday, a report surfaced from Sundance that it appeared like maybe, perhaps, Netflix was looking to acquire the film from J.J. Abrams's studio Bad Robot in order to release it on their streaming service.  The various reports said that the streaming service had been "quiet" during the acquisition talks of films, which is one of the biggest parts of the annual Film Festival, which is "unlike Netflix" in recent years. This would maybe make sense, and explain why now the April 20th date has all but disappeared from theatrical release slates from studios and theater chains.

If this ends up being the case, it would be the second Netflix-Paramount deal this year, with the streaming service snatching up the international streaming rights for the upcoming Annihilation film, 17 days after it opens in theaters.

God Particle is said to "revolve around a scientific experiment aboard a space station involving a particle accelerator that has unexpected results involving alien life. The astronauts find themselves isolated, and following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival."

Julius Onah directed the film, which stars Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Chris O'Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and David Oyelowo.

We'll let you know as soon as we learn anything new about this situation, and as soon as a trailer makes an appearance.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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