When a game’s release date is delayed, it’s usually meant to fix bugs that will, in time, make the game better. When a movie’s release date gets delayed, it means trouble. When it gets delayed four times, it essentially spells disaster. That’s what’s happening with the third film in the Cloverfield franchise, mysteriously titled God Particle.
Now, if you haven’t heard much about God Particle, or even knew it was a thing, be not afraid. It’s been pretty low-key since its announcement. Originally the film was going to grace screens on Feb. 24, 2017, but was then moved to an October date. Sometime later, it was removed entirely from Paramount’s schedule before being placed for an February 2, 2018 release. But if you’ve followed the pattern of the story so far, I bet you know what happens next. Today it was announced that the release has been moved again, to April 20, 2018.
The movie is about astronauts who discover a dangerous and powerful source of energy called the God Particle, hence the title, that makes the Earth disappear. We know that the film was directed by newcomer Julius Onah, and written by Doug Jung, of Star Trek Beyond fame, and Oren Uziel, best known for 22 Jump Street. While we don’t know the exact roles, we do that David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris O’Dowd, Zhang Ziyi, and Daniel Brühl will be in the main cast.
There are no rumors of reshoots, and no one in the cast and crew has made any statements or put out cryptic tweets. So what could be the cause of these weird delays? Problems getting studio approval? Issues concerning editing? Or, as JJ Abrams is its producer, is this all just a ploy to build up some buzz around the film to hype it up before it premieres? I guess we’ll have to see once all this resetting of dates finally stops and we get to see the movie for ourselves.
Currently, God Particle is set to premiere in theaters on April 20, 2018.