New Movie ‘Cloverfield’ In Development From Director Babak Anvari, JJ Abrams Produces For Bad Robot

Another chapter in the “Cloverfield” universe is coming.

“Wounds” director Babak Anvari has been tapped to helm the latest installment in the hit horror series. Bad Robot is being produced by JJ Abrams, along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard will serve as executive producers. Joe Barton, who wrote the 2017 cult horror hit “The Ritual,” is set to pen the script.

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This next installment is currently in development at Paramount Pictures and will be the fourth installment in the experimental sci-fi series. The first film, 2008’s “Cloverfield,” was a found-footage alien invasion movie that became a sleeper hit. The second installment, 2016’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” tweaked an existing script to fit the “Cloverfield” universe and became a critical and commercial success, thanks to strong performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. The third installment, the 2018 space thriller “The Cloverfield Paradox,” was widely criticized but gained notoriety when Netflix announced the project during the Super Bowl, confirming that fans would be able to watch it immediately after the game.

Abrams, who has produced every movie in the series, spoke to Time when the first installment came out in 2008 about why he thought found footage was the right medium for this creature.

“The movie is meant to be entertainment, to give people the kind of thrill that they had as a kid watching monster movies,” he said. “I hadn’t seen anything that felt like this for many years. I felt like there had to be a way to make a fresh, up-to-date monster movie. Then we came up with the Youtubeification of things, the ubiquity of video cameras, of cell phones with cameras. The self-documenting era felt like a wonderful prism through which to look at the monster movie. Our opinion is what if the absolutely absurd happened? How scary would that be? The video camera, to which we all have access. There’s a certain weird and creepy intimacy that goes along with those videos. Our take is a classic B-movie monster movie done in a way that makes it feel very real and relevant, allowing it to be simultaneously spectacular and incredibly intimate.”

Adam B. Vary contributed to this report.

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