Cloverfield is an American science fiction horror anthology film series and media franchise created and produced by J. J. Abrams consisting of three films, viral marketing websites linking the films together and a tie-in manga to the first film titled Cloverfield/Kishin (2008), set in a shared fictional universe referred to as the "Cloververse". The franchise as a whole deals with creatures from other dimensions attacking Earth throughout various decades, all as a repercussion of an experiment by an astronaut team aboard the Cloverfield Station in outer-space. Each film depicts the reality-altering effects of their study, which was meant to find a new energy source benefiting the depleted resources of our planet, only to open portals for assault from various beasts from deep space.
Cloverfield, the first film in the series, is a found footage monster film released on January 18, 2008, which was well-received by critics. After it, several films initially conceived as standalone features were modified to make them part of a franchise. The first sequel, titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, is a psychological horror-thriller film that was released on March 11, 2016, and like its predecessor received positive reviews from critics. The Cloverfield Paradox, a science fiction horror film, was released by Netflix on February 4, 2018. Unlike the previous two films, it received negative reviews.
The first film of the series, released in 2008, is a found-footage monster horror film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an official title, the film was marketed as 01-18-08. The film, which is presented as found footage shot with a home camcorder, follows six people fleeing from a gigantic monster that attacks New York City while they are having a farewell party. The film was well received by critics and grossed over $170 million at the box office against a $25 million budget.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
The second film, released in 2016, is a psychological horror-thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg, produced by Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by Bad Robot it was ultimately adapted to be set in the same universe as the first Cloverfield film, thus establishing the grounds for a franchise. The film follows a young woman who is held in an underground bunker with two men who insist that a hostile event has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. The film presents the questionable truth of such statements made by the owner of the bunker. The film is presented in a typical third-person narrative, in contrast to its predecessor's found footage style. Critical response was largely positive, and the film grossed over $110 million against a $15 million budget.
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
The third film is a science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah and written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, based on Uziel's original spec script God Particle, which originally was wholly unconnected to Cloverfield. Set in 2028, the film follows a team of astronauts who are left stranded in space after they perform a particle accelerator test that causes their vessel, the Cloverfield Station, to travel into an alternate universe, from which they must find their way back. Meanwhile, the test causes other realities to open up on their home Earth, creating supernatural attacks across time. After the script was purchased by Paramount and Bad Robot, Abrams saw ways to adapt the film to be a centerpiece of the Cloverfield franchise; with the particle accelerator accident, he liked "how something in the future could be an origin for something in the past" to explain the events of the previous films and set up for additional narratives.
By December 2016, Paramount Pictures, removed God Particle from its schedule, and in its place a Cloverfield IMAX Film was added, to be released on February 2, 2018. On January 2, 2018 the film's release date was pushed back to April 20, 2018. The film's title was reported in January 2018 to be Cloverfield Station. On February 4, 2018, during Super Bowl LII, a TV spot was shown announcing the film's title and a surprise release of the film on Netflix after the game. The film received mostly negative critical reception. Paramount executives stated that handing off the release to Netflix was an easy way to get instant return on the film, and the surprise reveal and release a good way to keep in line with the mysterious mystique in the franchise. This said, they clarified that they still have intentions of having theatrical releases for future films in the series.
In March 2016, franchise creator and producer J. J. Abrams talked about having come up with an idea of what they could do next with the Cloververse franchise, and that he had an idea which, if they had the chance to make it, "could be [something] really cool that connects some stories". Trachtenberg said he considers the ideas of doing a direct sequel to 10 Cloverfield Lane or another standalone Cloverfield movie as equally valid.
In February 2018, during a Q&A on his social media page, Abrams stated that in mapping out the franchise's overall plot, there is potential for character crossovers in future films. The producer confirmed that the idea of a team-up film starring Michelle and Ava, respectively the two characters played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, has been discussed and considered during the development of the franchise.
Although the 2018 film, Overlord, was originally intended to be the fourth film in the series during its production, Abrams eventually announced that the film will no longer be a part of the franchise. The producer however confirmed a fourth Cloverfield film to be in development. Abrams further described the film as a "true" and "dedicated" sequel to the first film, and confirmed that it would be theatrically released.
- Cloverfield/Kishin (クローバーフィールド/KISHIN Kurōbāfīrudo/KISHIN) is a manga and cross-media tie-in to the first film. It was published once a month on Kadokawa Shoten's website and consists of four chapters from January to May 2008.
|Cloverfield/Kishin||January to May 2008||David Baronoff, Matthew Pitts, Nicole Phillips||Yoshiki Togawa||Tie-in parallel prequel/sequel manga to Cloverfield|
Cast and characters
|Cloverfield||10 Cloverfield Lane||The Cloverfield Paradox||Cloverfield/Kishin||Cloverfield||10 Cloverfield Lane||The Cloverfield Paradox|
J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
|Robert "Rob" Hawkins||Michael Stahl-David||Michael Stahl-David|
|Elizabeth "Beth" McIntyre||Odette Annable||Odette Annable|
|Hudson "Hud" Platt||T.J. Miller||T.J. Miller|
|Marlena Diamond||Lizzy Caplan||Lizzy Caplan|
|Lily Ford||Jessica Lucas||Jessica Lucas|
|Jason Hawkins||Mike Vogel||Mike Vogel|
|Jamie Lascano||Jamie Harlan||Jamie Harlan|
|John Goodman||John Goodman|
|Michelle||Mary Elizabeth Winstead|
|Emmett DeWitt||John Gallagher, Jr|
|Ava Hamilton||Gugu Mbatha-Raw|
|Kiel||David Oyelowo||David Oyelowo|
|Ernst Schmidt||Daniel Brühl|
|Monk Acosta||John Ortiz|
|Mina Jensen||Elizabeth Debicki|
|Mark Stambler||Donal Logue||Donal Logue|
|Cloverfield||10 Cloverfield Lane||The Cloverfield Paradox|
|Director||Matt Reeves||Dan Trachtenberg||Julius Onah|
|Producer||J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk||J. J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber|
|Writer||Drew Goddard||Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle||Oren Uziel and Doug Jung|
("Roar!: Cloverfield Suite")
|Cinematographer||Michael Bonvillain||Jeff Cutter||Dan Mindel|
|Editor||Kevin Stitt||Stefan Grube||Alan Baumgarten|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office||Budget||Ref.|
|Opening weekend||North America||Other territories||Worldwide|
|Cloverfield||January 18, 2008||$40,058,229||$80,048,433||$90,715,593||$170,764,026||$25 millon|||
|10 Cloverfield Lane||March 11, 2016||$24,727,437||$72,082,998||$38,134,000||$110,216,998||$15 million|||
|The Cloverfield Paradox||February 4, 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$45 million|||
|Cloverfield||77% (202 reviews)||64 (37 reviews)||C|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||90% (278 reviews)||76 (43 reviews)||B-|
|The Cloverfield Paradox||16% (105 reviews)||37 (27 reviews)||N/A|
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