Here’s How God Particle Became Cloverfield 3

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Last year, fans of the original Cloverfield were surprised to learn that spec script The Cellar was actually a sequel called 10 Cloverfield Lane. The fact that J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot were able to keep that a secret was a complete shock.

The third film, however, won’t come with that much surprise, as we’ve known for a while that God Particle will be the third entry in the Cloverfield franchise. Screenwriter Oren Uziel didn’t go out of his way to write a Cloverfield story ,and explains how his original screenplay became Cloverfield 3. Here’s what he told Collider:

“It was a spec that I wrote probably a year or so after Shimmer Lake, so it definitely existed as its own science-fiction. And then after years of, you know how scripts kind of hang around—people like them but for whatever reason they decided to make it and then suddenly everything fell into place with J.J. [Abrams], Bad Robot, and Paramount. I don’t know exactly when it became a Cloverfield movie, but I suspect in this current market where it’s just harder and harder to market an original movie of any kind, a science-fiction movie in particular, but I think everyone just knew if it fits—and it does—into that Cloverfield world, it should, and it can only help.”

One of the things fans have been wondering about Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane is just how much are the two properties connected. On the surface, it seems to be more about tone and creating an anthology series rather than creating any connective plot. Uziel seems to indicate that it has a bit more to do with marketing than telling a story. He continues:

“I think if you can get that off the ground, which they are close, it’s very smart and also great for makers of science-fiction because it relieves you of that burden of like, ‘How are we gonna get people to get off their asses and into the movie theater to see something they’re not sure?’ It’s not a guarantee; the cast is different, we don’t know exactly what we’re getting, but if that stamp of approval of being part of the Cloverfield universe is enough, that’s a huge win. So I’m all for it. When you turn on The Twilight Zone, that’s sort of the way I think about it. I don’t know what this story is going to be, but I know it’s going to be a Twilight Zone story… It’s like an anthology for those kinds of movies, and I think if J.J., if what he’s doing is positioning himself a little bit to be the Rod Serling of J.J.-type science-fiction movies, more power to him.”

The Twilight Zone example is probably the best way to describe the Cloverfield universe. So far, we’ve seen a few bits and pieces that have been shared between the two films (including alien monsters), but they largely take place separate from each other. However, it has been speculated that God Particle deals with multi-universes, so maybe this film will start to tie all three films together in an unexpected way.

The currently untitled Cloverfield 3 (God Particle isn’t the official name anymore) will premiere in theaters on October 27, 2017.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.