‘Cloverfield’ Sequel Set for Fall 2017, ‘God Particle’ Off the Schedule

TheWrap previously reported “God Particle” was connected to J.J. Abrams movie universe

Last Updated: December 8, 2016 @ 4:34 PM

Looks like we’re closer to opening J.J. Abrams’ latest mystery box.

The prolific producer’s sci-fi thriller “God Particle” has been removed entirely from the Paramount Pictures release schedule, and seven months after it a new “Cloverfield” film has been dated.

TheWrap reported exclusively in October that the David Oyelowo space thriller “God Particle” was actually the next in a series of films from a connected Cloverfield universe.

“2017 Cloverfield Movie,” presented in IMAX, is now slated to open Oct. 27, 2017. “God Particle,” which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zhang Ziyi and Chris O’Dowd, has been pulled entirely.

The studio and producer Abrams’ Bad Robot hope to eventually release one film in the series per year, an individual familiar with the plans told TheWrap earlier this year. The studio would not clarify today’s announcement.

Fans of “Cloverfield” and its cinematic cousin “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which starred John Goodman and was released in March, speculated that “God Particle” was indeed connected to the same universe when the project was announced in February.

“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.