Something odd is going on with the Cloverfield movies

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May 5, 2017, 12:50 PM EDT (Updated)

What was supposed to be the next Cloverfield movie has mysteriously vanished -- or has it?

According to Deadline (via Collider), Paramount Pictures has removed the movie God Particle from its 2017 schedule. As you may recall, the film was supposed to open on Feb. 24 and was heavily rumored to be the third in the loosely connected Cloverfield series, following 2008's original and last year's 10 Cloverfield Lane. But despite the impending release date, no images, trailers or marketing materials had yet shown up for the movie.

But even as God Particle has disappeared from the calendar, Paramount has also set Oct. 27, 2017, as the release date for something that's being referred to as Cloverfield Movie (IMAX). While that clearly won't be the final title for the picture, it does raise several questions: Is this a new movie completely, or is it God Particle? And if it is God Particle, why are they changing the name, and why did they bump it eight months into the future?

Since this, like the other Cloverfield films, is coming out of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production house, I certainly wouldn't expect to get any answers soon. And the Cloverfields in particular are often sprung on us almost as complete surprises, with a cryptic trailer and little else arriving just a few months before the movie itself. But since we're not even getting that now, the fate of God Particle and whether it's being morphed into Cloverfield Movie (IMAX) remains to be seen.

God Particle, from what we last knew, was directed by Julius Onah, and stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl, Zhang Ziyi and Elizabeth Debicki. The plot concerns some kind of experiment that causes the Earth itself to disappear and leaves a space station crew stranded in orbit. How it's connected to the other Cloverfield tales remains another mystery about the film. Hopefully we'll have a chance to find out what it's all about -- either on Oct. 27 or another time soon.