A new 'Cloverfield' film has been in the works, with Babak Anvari tapped to direct

A new 'Cloverfield' film has been in the works, with Babak Anvari tapped to direct ...

According to Deadline, a new Cloverfield film has been announced, with director Babak Anvari being chosen to direct. Anvari is well-known for his chilling Persian language horror film Under the Shadow. He also directed the high-concept thriller Wounds, and most recently directed the Netflix crime thriller I Came By.

The only clue we have about the new Cloverfield film's tone is probably Anvaris horror pedigree, and even that is a wild guess. As expected, there are no details about the future direction in which J.J. Abrams Bad Robot will go with the project. It is also unclear if the new Cloverfield film will be a sequel, a prequel, or just another unrelated entry into the Cloverfield anthology for the first time; the earlier sequels were all developed under

Cloverfield has always had a tremendous potential that has simply not been exploited to its full potential, for one reason or another. The first film was released back in 2008, and was one of the first examples of inventive marketing methods (and the internet) being utilized to sway interest.

Cloverfield, the original film, directed by Matt Reeves, was released to surprise expectations, propelling it to a robust $40 million premiere back in January 2008. The film grossed over $170 million worldwide against a projected budget of $25 million.

10 Cloverfield Lane, a second film, was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and was essentially a chamber piece about three people who were stranded together under the assumption that the outside world had become unhabitable. It was produced by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., and an in-form John Goodman.

The Cloverfield Paradox was the first film in the Cloverfield franchise to have a theatrical release. This was likely due to its relative lack of talent. According to reports, the film was developed just hours before it was released on Netflix.

Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen are the co-producers for the next film, which will be executive-produced by Reeves, Drew Goddard, and Bryan Burk. Keep an eye on Collider for more updates.