While this is still a rumor, it sounds as if Paramount Pictures is actively working on selling ‘God Particle” to Netflix. This would make the Cloverfield 3 film a streaming exclusive for the giant and a cutback of Paramount’s release slate which chairman Jim Gianopulos is currently pushing for. With the movie set for an April 20th, 2018 release, this is a deal that would have to happen soon and could stir up mixed feelings from J.J. Abrams’ camp and Bad Robot depending how this all plays out.
There is clear precedent for this to happen as we had just seen Paramount push the Alex Garland-directed ‘Annihilation‘ onto the streaming service this past December.
One source says this shift was due to the new chairman who “sat down and looked at what is theatrical, what is not in this day and age.” This determined which certain movies made the cut and which didn’t. If anything, past results would indicate that ‘God Particle’ would be precisely one of the films which should have made the cut as the original, which was created on a $25 million budget, grossed $80 million domestically and the sequel, which cost less to make, came in at $72 domestically.
That being said, this outing had a $40 million budget and cutting off potential ticket sales could crash the franchise’s chances of earning any profits let alone breaking even. With a cast that includes Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang, and David Oyelowo, we know that this has been a much larger project from the outset.
The movie itself is set in a “near-future scenario,” and as always, it is unclear how this will tie into the rest of the franchise. As the story takes place on a space station, you have to wonder if it will address the alien invasion which has occurred on Earth in the recent past and what that might mean for the story.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter