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The Batman Director Matt Reeves Addresses Cloverfield Return After Franchise’s Failure: “It’s very much about my anxieties”

The Batman Director Matt Reeves Addresses Cloverfield Return

Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield film series began as an absolute success story, but not all great stories persist till the end. In that well-established trend, the 2008 film was also a fault bearer as the film’s third part earned a middling to almost-poor critical review upon release. Now, with enough time having passed since the director showed any indication of reprising his science-fiction saga, the fandom has been stirring with impatience for a singular morsel of hope regarding the status of the franchise.

Matt Reeves's Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield (2008)

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Matt Reeves Says He Is Open to a Fourth Cloverfield Movie

Director of The Batman, Matt Reeves earned an enviable reputation for having an intricately twisted mind, after launching his sci-fi action thriller Cloverfield in 2008. That mind was on a magnificent display last year when DC was treated to a haunting vision of Gotham’s Dark Knight taking on multiple villains at once in the critically acclaimed and highly successful film.

Cloverfield monster
Cloverfield monster

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But with the director now occupied elsewhere, the window of opportunity for a fourth Cloverfield film grows thinner. Besides, the poor reception to The Cloverfield Paradox in 2018 somewhat dulled down the fan enthusiasm surrounding the subject. When asked about the possibility of a fourth addition to the series, Matt Reeves claimed to ComicBook:

“I think if another story were to present itself where I was like, ‘Gosh I have to tell that story.’ It’s not impossible. I wouldn’t say that’s a for-sure thing, but I would never say never.”

But with the widespread success and fan frenzy that came with The Batman, Reeves finds himself becoming increasingly engrossed in expanding the universe of his DC creation. He is currently working on and promoting the expansion of the Bat-Verse, beginning with the spin-off series, The Penguin on HBO Max.

Matt Reeves’s Vision For the Cloverfield Franchise

Cloverfield carnage
Cloverfield carnage

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Nothing comes easy for visionaries and dreamers. But the proper challenge lies in the process of making those dreams and visions come true. Matt Reeves, too, was faced with the same challenge and like all great yet troubled artists, the director struggled with putting words to his ambition and transferring those words into a fully conceptualized picture on the screen.

“I can’t give you information about [a 4th Cloverfield film] of course because that’s the way Cloverfield works. To be honest with you, you never know what you’re going to do. Even though my work is all genre work, I have to feel something personal about it. Cloverfield is very much about my anxieties.”

Despite there being a Cloverfield sequel in the form of 10 Cloverfield Lane, it was essentially J.J. Abrams’s approach to the hit found-footage film series that had otherwise begun as the brainchild of Matt Reeves. With the original three-part anthology series yet to be realized in its full, uncorrupted potential, a proper sequel in the form of Cloverfield 2 is prime for development. Babak Anvari is currently working on the film with a script penned by Joe Barton.

Source: ComicBook

Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists