An acclaimed horror franchise is finally on its way back to the big screen. Babak Anvari has been tapped to direct a new installment in the Cloverfield series, which is now in development at Paramount, based on a script by Joe Barton. Like previous entries, J.J. Abrams will act as a producer through his company Bad Robot, alongside Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. The list of executive producers also includes Drew Goddard and Matt Reeves, who wrote and directed the original film, respectively, as well as Bryan Burke.
The untitled Cloverfield project is keeping to tradition by not revealing any plot details at this time. It will be the fourth film in the franchise that began with 2008’s found-footage movie, about a group of party goers fleeing from a rampaging monster in New York City. After nearly a decade of radio silence, Cloverfield was followed by two anthological sequels, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, released only a couple years apart in 2016 and 2018. All three films were famously shrouded in mystery before being unveiled to the public, with the latter two both marketed as original projects before surprising fans as Cloverfield installments shortly before release.
This will be Anvari’s first foray into tentpole work, with the creative having only previously worked on small indie flicks. His debut film, 2016’s Under the Shadow, earned him a BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut Filmmaker, and his second movie, Wounds, released in 2019 to mixed reviews. He recently released his first major studio project, I Came By, for Netflix. That dropped on the streamer in August of this year. His Cloverfield film does not currently have a release date.