Surprise! The new Cloverfield movie premieres tonight on Netflix
The God Particle has been revealed as The Cloverfield Paradox and will be available to stream today.
Remember when Nintendo announced at The Game Awards that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's DLC, The Champion's Ballad, would be available to play that very same day? Or E3 2016, when Ubisoft revealed the previously unannounced mashup of Far Cry and Trials, Trials of the Blood Dragon? That was pretty special too, albeit with a pretty woeful end product. What about when U2 announced Songs of Innocence would be available that very moment during a 2014 Apple conference?
Okay, so that last one might not be so special but there's no doubt a day-and-date surprise announcement and release combo is a truly lovely thing that rarely comes about. And today, the dream-weaving streaming giant Netflix and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot productions have given us just that, announcing The Cloverfield Paradox at this year's Super Bowl.
The project previously known as The God Particle has been officially revealed as The Cloverfield Paradox, an interstellar adventure set within Cloverfield's ongoing mythos.
The trailer promises to explain the backstory to the Manhattan-munching Kaiju that first beheaded the Statue of Liberty back in 2008.
While the series started off with a shaky handy cam POV, the second moved towards a more traditionally shot movie with a vastly different tone, plot and setting (only really tying into the series in the movie's last moments) and now the series seems to be shifting gears again. The Cloverfield Paradox looks to be more of a traditional sci-fi horror romp in the vein of Alien with a crew of shipmates made up of Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War), Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd), Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II) and David Oyelowo (Selma).
The trailer is high on tension and low on details but thankfully we've only got to wait until tonight for the full details.
Looking for something to stream this week? Check out our guide to what's new on Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, hayu and SBS on Demand in February 2018.