Netflix has yet to do any major acquisitions at Sundance this year, a stark change from last year where they seemed to be picking up things left and right.
Rumors around Park City, however, indicate there may be a reason for that. Following their acquisition of the international rights to Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” from Paramount, it seems the pair may be doing something even bigger with Netflix rumored to be closing a deal to acquire nearly all the worldwide rights to Julius Onah’s “God Particle” – better known as the third “Cloverfield” film.
Jeff Sneider broke the report in a tweet saying: “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.”
Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi co-star in the film set on a space station in low Earth orbit when a scientific experiment involving a particle accelerator makes the Earth vanish. When a space shuttle appears, the crew must fight for survival following a horrible discovery.
Paramount had dated the film for an April 20th release, but has yet to begin any real marketing for it beyond a cryptic tease on a viral site tie-in the other day. The project has been delayed multiple times at the distributor who hasn’t responded yet to queries by several outlets regarding the report.