J.J. Abrams pulled a fast one on us all earlier this year when it was revealed that a movie originally known as The Cellar was actually the long awaited sequel to Cloverfield. Well, at least it was a movie that took place in the same universe. But 10 Cloverfield Lane was just the first of these new Cloverfield movies. Next year's sci-fi thriller God Particle was recently revealed to also be part of this new Cloverfield cinematic universe, if you will. Now star David Oyelowo has opened up a bit about it.
The actor was recently interviewed by The Wrap about the project, which on paper, seems very similar to another sci-fi movie he starred in recently. David Oyelowo was also in Interstellar, a movie that also takes place in space. But according to Oyelowo, the similarities between that movie and God Particle, or Cloverfield 3 if you will, largely begin and end there. Here is what he had to say.
"The only connection I would say is both films involve space and both films involve me. That's about as much connection I can see between the two.
With that out of the way, we can look at what exactly God Particle is. The movie is described via a brief synopsis as being "about a team of astronauts who make a 'shocking discovery' and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality." There is no doubt that "shocking discovery" will have something to do with monsters or aliens or something that loosely links it to the events of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Maybe this altered reality they discover is where the monsters/aliens come from? Sort of a prequel to the other two movies? We don't know, but here is what David Oyelowo was able to say about it.
"Every single day we were on that set we were agog with the inventiveness and innovation, between the technology, the story and the audacity of what we were trying to accomplish. It's an incredibly exciting and innovative piece of storytelling. It's incredibly surprising."
Part of what has made these Cloverfield movies work is the element of surprise, so it isn't a shock that David Oyelowo couldn't get overly specific. It is hard not to be interested in what he had to say though when applying it to the synopsis and putting that against the backdrop of the Cloverfield universe. The plan right now is for Paramount and Bad Robot to release a new Cloverfield movie every year, which started with 10 Cloverfield Lane and will continue with God Particle next year. This could wind up being like a cinematic version of a monster-centric, sci-fi skewed The Twilight Zone produced by J.J. Abrams.
What is perhaps most interesting about these new Cloverfield movies is that they will give up-and-coming directors a chance to make their mark. The original Cloverfield helped break Matt Reeves into the world of features and Dan Trachtenberg proved what he was capable of with 10 Cloverfield Lane. This time around, Julius Onah will show us what he can do with God Particle. The movie stars Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl and Chris O'Dowd and is scheduled to hit theaters on February 24th, 2017.