Cloverfield sequel may head to Netflix

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Jan 24, 2018, 9:32 AM EST

What once was shadowy rumor has now become a curious new development about a franchise that revels in its secrecy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is in talks to acquire the rights to the Cloverfield sequel from Paramount Pictures.

This movie is currently operating under the working title God Particle, but thanks to fan research (a person who claims to be a Moving Picture Company lighting artist listed Cloverfield Station as one of his credits on LinkedIn) and THR's confirmation, we know that it also goes by the unofficial title Cloverfield Station.

Things appear to be gaining momentum for the sequel, with recent reports on the viral marketing strategy that allows fans to try to decrypt two fake websites: one moonlights as a fake Japanese mining company, while plays a scrambling loop warning you of danger ahead (adjust your volume before clicking). /FILM has found some registered domains and new Facebook and Instagram accounts that might be associated with the potential sequel.

By the end of the day, one might feel like Charlie Day stumbling on a major company conspiracy. What we do know is that the multi-titled Cloverfield film stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, and Zhang Ziyi. Julius Onah is directing a script written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung. The film was originally set to be released on April 20, according to THR.

This will be the third installment of the franchise, following 2016's claustrophobic outing 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Will Netflix's franchise-hungry acquisition strategy pay off after the big gamble they pulled on Bright (which, despite its critical drubbing, is getting a sequel)? Let us know what you think in the comments.