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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this year the world was treated to 10 Cloverfield Lane, a film that few saw coming. When a mysterious trailer for the project dropped a few months earlier, no one even knew that the film had been in production- let alone that it was somehow linked to 2008’s Cloverfield. The movie came and went and was a modest success. 10 Cloverfield Lane, which reportedly cost only $15 million to make, earned $108 million worldwide, and received stellar reviews.

A new report has revealed that J.J. Abrams, who produced both films, is working on a third film set in the Cloverfield universe.

When it was announced that Abrams was working on a new film called God Particle, some fans began to wonder if it’d be another movie in his Cloverfield line. According to The Wrap, it is. A confidential source has told the site that the new film, which is said to be about a team of astronauts who make a shocking discovery and end up in an alternate reality fighting for their survival, will be a part of that universe.

But that’s not all. The source also claims that Abrams and Paramount are planning several more films that fall under the Cloverfield banner.

As anyone who saw 10 Cloverfield Lane will tell you, that movie had little to no direct ties to the first film. We can likely expect these other films to also only have loose connections with, perhaps, an eventual flick that ties everything together. We’ll see.

God Particle was directed by Julis Onah, and features a cast that includes David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd.

I may be totally off about this, but I almost get the sense that Abrams wants these Cloverfield movies to be his version of the old The Twilight Zone TV series. Yes, they’re all loosely connected because they fall under the same banner, but they each explore a different freaky situation where the fight for survival shows us who we really are. This talk of God Particle including the idea of altered realities opens up a bunch of storytelling possibilities, and it’s what made me think of The Twilight Zone.

God Particle comes out February 24, 2017.

SOURCE: TheWrap

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.