New ‘Cloverfield’ Movie At Paramount Sets Babak Anvari As Director – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: After the success of Top Gun: Maverick and Sonic the hedgehog 2, Paramount Pictures wants to get the wheels spinning on another popular franchise, as sources tell Deadline a new one clover field pic is in the works with Babak Anvari directing and Joe Barton writing the script. JJ Abrams produces Bad Robot along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard will executive produce.

as with any clover field pic, plot details are kept secret. It is also unknown how this new installment will link up with its predecessors, whether it be a direct sequel to the original or an anthology set in the clover field universe.

The original 2008 film was not only a huge box office success, but it was also acclaimed, in particular for its groundbreaking found-footage style. Reeves directed that picture, which helped launch his career and gave Paramount a new universe to explore for future episodes. The clover field marketing campaign was also ahead of its time, starting with a trailer that starred as a found-footage comedy at a house party quickly revealing its sci-fi elements. It is considered one of the best teaser trailers of recent years.

This new episode marks the first time Paramount has released a new clover field film as in development; previous sequels 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradoxwhich premiered on Netflix in 2018, were developed as properties with different titles and were not revealed as clover field photos until the trailers premiered.

As for Anvari, the film marks his first studio tent pole, after getting his teeth into the world of arthouse thrillers. His first movie, 2016 under the shadow, won him a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut Filmmaker. His second movie Wounds, starring Armie Hammer and Zazie Beets, premiered at Sundance 2019 and at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was released on Hulu later that year. Babak also works with Lucan Toh and their company, Two & Two, has a TV development deal with AMC where they develop a range of projects.

He recently directed his first major studio film with the Netflix picture I came by, with George Mackay, Kelly Macdonald and Hugh Bonneville. The film was released in late August and racked up more than 30 million viewers in its first week on the platform.

Anvari is represented by WME, Grandview, Independent Talent Group and Ziffren Brittenham. Barton is represented by CAA, Range Media Partners and Independent Talent Group.

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