Scribe Talks Third “Cloverfield,” “Kombat” Reboot

At the very beginning of last year, Paramount Pictures surprised everyone with the trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane,” a spiritual sequel to the 2008 found footage horror film.

It was a surprise as the links were only thematic in nature more than anything, and that the film had been produced as an original psychological thriller known as “Valencia” when it was made.

Opening to good reviews and box-office, producer J.J. Abrams hinted that this was just the start with more “Cloverfield” projects on the way. Naturally people took a quick look at other original genre projects Abrams’ Bad Robot had in development to see if they might also be retrofitted or adjusted to be a part of this new blooming universe.

People quickly honed in on the sci-fi thriller “God Particle” about a crew of space station astronauts who make the horrible discovery that an experiment has caused Earth to disappear. David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang, and Elizabeth Debicki star.

In October, Bad Robot confirmed that yes this is indeed the third “Cloverfield”. This week, the film’s scribe Oren Uziel has explained to Collider how “God Particle” was turned into that:

“It was a spec that I wrote probably a year or so after Shimmer Lake [his new Netflix project], so it definitely existed as its own science-fiction. And then after years of, you know how scripts kind of hang around – people like them but for whatever reason they decided to make it and then suddenly everything fell into place with J.J. [Abrams], Bad Robot, and Paramount.

I don’t know exactly when it became a Cloverfield movie, but I suspect in this current market where it’s just harder and harder to market an original movie of any kind, a science-fiction movie in particular, but I think everyone just knew if it fits – and it does – into that Cloverfield world, it should, and it can only help.

Uziel promises much of the original script remains, with only a few minor tweaks so that it could be integrated into the “Cloverfield” setting. Uzie sees this very much as a way to get people to check out original sci-fi stories:

“I think if you can get that off the ground, which they are close, it’s very smart and also great for makers of science-fiction because it relieves you of that burden of like, ‘How are we gonna get people to get off their asses and into the movie theater to see something they’re not sure?’

It’s not a guarantee; the cast is different, we don’t know exactly what we’re getting, but if that stamp of approval of being part of the Cloverfield universe is enough, that’s a huge win. So I’m all for it.

When you turn on The Twilight Zone, that’s sort of the way I think about it. I don’t know what this story is going to be, but I know it’s going to be a Twilight Zone story… It’s like an anthology for those kinds of movies, and I think if J.J., if what he’s doing is positioning himself a little bit to be the Rod Serling of J.J.-type science-fiction movies, more power to him.”

The film, which will likely score a new title, is currently slated to hit cinemas on October 27th. Uziel also spoke about his work on the upcoming film reboot of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise.

Uziel explains how the film, which is to be produced by James Wan and directed by Simon McQuoid, will feature the over-the-top gore of the game. However he isn’t sure if it’s still going forward:

“I know that it was going to be – it’s almost like if you took The Avengers, or if you took a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat. It was a little bit like that, it was a little bit like a Wanted-type story that brought together a bunch of these characters and just pulled zero punches, and had a tone that was still fun but very dark.”

No further details, or production timeline, for the new ‘Kombat’ has been revealed at this point.