There are a lot of rumors floating around this morning regarding the fate of the next installment in the Cloververse. Whether you want to call it “God Particle” or “Cloverfield Station”, it’s not secret that the release of this movie has been plagued by setbacks that have continued to push the release date further and further back. And when I woke up this morning, some of the things I read, weren’t too promising… to some degree.

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To me, this is more concerning than the overheard rumors at Sundance about Netflix acquiring the flick. The Tagruato website no longer displays the cryptic image with the hidden text, but instead has reverted back to what it has been since the 10 Cloverfield Lane days…. a language dropdown that does nothing…

This could be part of the game, this could be nothing, or, it could mean that marketing plans may be changing course. Paramount and/or Bad Robot is never going to risk losing the current marketing hold they have on us by coming out and telling us one way or the other that the marketing campaign is over, so it’s hard to say what this means, but I have a couple thoughts…

It does kind of seem like something is happening with the distribution of the film itself, whether that’s the aforementioned Netflix acquisition and release, or another delay in the theatrical release, I’m not sure, but it seems odd that they would pull down the page that we saw…

unless…

We were only meant to see the error page for a few days while Tagruato worked on “fixing” the breach and restoring their site. Maybe it was only intended as a way to get us to the 04182028.com website and since that site was discovered pretty quickly, there is no reason to keep the “hacked” version of the Tagruato site around. Maybe we’ll start to see more content appear on the Tagruato site, now that things are “back to normal”. Maybe the real game is following the guy that we now see in the video on 04182028.com and trying to find out more about him since it appears that he is the one that breached the Tagruato site, which lead us to his video… but only time will tell.

What are your thoughts on this?

Netflix Release Rumors

Jeff Sneider tweeted out the following message from Sundance yesterday:

Overheard on the ground at Sundance: New Cloverfield movie may be heading to Netflix. No confirmation yet and I’m heading into a movie. Just passing along, since the delays HAVE been suspicious…

Jeff Sneider has been writing about movies for years for sites like Ain’t It Cool News, Variety, and a bunch of other entertainment sites, so I don’t feel like he would have any reason to lie about what he heard… but again, this is just what he overheard on the streets of Sundance, so take it with a grain of salt.

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If this is true, I’m totally fine with it. As an adult these days with kids and responsibilities, it’s ever harder for me to get out to the movie theater. So if I can enjoy this from the comfort of my couch one night after everyone is asleep, and not have to wait months for a Blu-Ray release, I’m all for it. I know a lot of people might be upset not to be able to see this on the big screen, which I totally understand, but I’d be ok with it.

The other side of the coin is that it could be doing what other films have done and had a limited theatrical release in the U.S. and then less than a month later hit the bits of Netflix for non-U.S. countries. Which could also be another good move.

As much as there is a fanbase on this website, and the other various Cloverfield forums and sites around the web, the Cloverfield movies don’t have a super wide mass appeal, so this may be the best option for the film. I have no doubt that the movie would make it’s money back theatrically, since I’m sure the budget wasn’t super high, but streaming video is slowly pushing movies out of the theaters. And as much as that sucks for my kids movie going experiences as they get older, I’ve come to accept it as the way things are moving.

So again, these are all just my thoughts on the rumors going around, take them with a grain of salt, but I like to post about all of the bits and pieces of news that come out around the Cloverfield movies, and this is another one of those things that gets people talking.

So let us know in the comments what you think of all this…

UPDATE 1/24/18TheWrap¬†and Deadline have both released articles saying that a person with knowledge of the project has indicated that Netflix is in talks to take over the “Cloverfield” project from Paramount… but again, take it with a grain of salt for now as everything is just rumors.

 

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