It seems the anticipated Cloverfield sequel might not be headed to theaters after all.
Little is known about the upcoming untitled Cloverfield 3, but it recently had its February release date pushed back to April, and a new rumor might explain the delay. The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider overheard a new tidbit that indicates the third Cloverfield could be coming exclusively to Netflix.
"Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I'm heading
Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I'm heading into a movie. Just passing along, since the delays HAVE been suspicious...— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2018
That would help to explain the recent delay, as it would give Netflix time to roll out a slick marketing campaign to accompany its newest acquisition. The previous two films in the franchise have excelled at creating intricate and detailed marketing campaigns based around an ARG, linking the films together in hidden and subtle ways. Hopefully, that will be the case with the third film regardless of where it debuts.
Now, nothing has been confirmed of course, so this is just a rumor. The delays could be for any variety of reasons, but Netflix is all about getting exclusive content these days, and having an anticipated film like Cloverfield 3 would certainly be a nice get for the streaming service.
As for the film itself, not much is known about the details or how it will connect to the other films. It is known that it will take place in the near future, and according to actor Daniel Bruhl, at least portions of it will be located in space.
"I was aware of the movies and wanted to enter that universe that they created," Brühl said. "J.J. Abrams is such a mastermind in that genre. It was very attractive to work with all of these wonderful actors. I’ve always wanted to do a space movie, so I couldn’t wait to end up floating in space and solving huge problems."
Cloverfield 3 is slated to hit on April 20.