Bear with us on this one. There is actually quite a lot to go through, It was announced this week that the 2008 film Cloverfield, directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams, would be getting a sequel. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Technically, we have already had two sequels. 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and 2018’s The Cloverfield Paradox confirmed that this series exists within a multiverse where various Monsters have been released thanks to a tear in the space-time continuum. On top of that, you also have Overlord and Underwater which were originally rumored to be part of the Cloverfield series. Essentially, what holds the Cloverfield movies together, minus the title, is the inclusion of a monster. In Cloverfield Paradox, a monster similar to Clover appears at the very end. Other than that, there is very little substance holding the films together.
Here’s something interesting about the monster in Cloverfield Paradox. While it only appears very briefly and we only see the head, we actually gain a some-what decent idea as to how big this version of Clover could be. The “baby” version from 2008 roughly stands at around 300 feet (Godzilla is around 400 feet). Since the version in Paradox actually breaks through the clouds we can actually predict that this monster could be well over 2000 meters. This translates to 6500 feet which is around 17 Godzilla’s stacked on top of each other. Of course, this isn’t fully accurate since we don’t know what the monster is standing on. Regardless, this thing is an absolute beast in terms of its size. Whether we’ll see it again is an absolute mystery.
Anyway, back to the original point.
The confirmed sequel will not be a found footage film, but it will focus on what is being “hidden under Central Park”. What does that mean? Well, lets go back to 2008. At the end of Cloverfield the characters are forced to retreat to Central Park before the HammerDown Protocol is initiated. The Protocol is basically an all out attack against the Monster. We cut to the surviving characters, Rob and Beth, who take cover under a bridge in the Park. The film ends just as bombs start going off and the terrifying roar of the Monster echoes. During the credits, Rob and Beth can be heard talking very faintly saying “help us…”. But, some clever fans reversed that piece of audio and the message clearly says “it’s still alive”.
After that, we received no follow up and no answers. Now that we are receiving a direct sequel, it looks as though we may discover what happened to the Monster, what happened in Central Park and what it all means. You also have to remember that Clover was not the only monster in that movie. We also had the Parasites. To tie it in with Paradox, the adult version could go on a rampage to avenger its fallen child. It is also possible that given the critical response for Paradox, this might be an opportunity to restart the fragmented franchise.
Either way, we’re incredible excited to revisit Cloverfield. We’re just hoping that this sequel is relevant to the overall story. Clover or not, it’ll be great to see how they respond to the realization that monsters are real. We’re still certain that Abrams referring to Clover as a baby in previous discussions is a slight tease as to what is coming.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. The unnamed sequel to Cloverfield is being written by Joe Barton who is also penning the Batman spin-off for HBO Max.