J.J. Abrams' first follow-up to his hit 2008 horror movie Cloverfield took everyone by surprise when a trailer dropped out of nowhere in early 2016. The movie had been filmed in secret, so a couple trailers were all people had to go on before the film's release in March.
Now, The Wrap is confirming that another secret Abrams project, God Particle, is also part of the Cloverfield canon. And it seems like this is far from the end—Abrams and Paramount Pictures reportedly plan to release a film a year set in that shared universe.
This time, that universe is expanding into outer space. The Wrap says of the upcoming film, due out in Feb. 2017:
"Particle" is about a team of astronauts who make a "shocking discovery" and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality. Julis Onah (“The Girl Is in Trouble”) directed from a script by Oren Uziel. It stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O'Dowd.
Obsessive film fans are already trying to piece together how God Particle fits in to the other films in the franchise. Slashfilm reminds us that John Goodman's character in 10 Cloverfield Lane had something to do with satellites, and that there was a viral ad for the film that connected to the International Space Station.
The media will get a sneak peak at God Particle this week, when Paramount head Brad Grey will present footage to reporters in New York. Somehow, our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail...