Next month, John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” will hit theaters (unless Netflix snaps it up at the very last minute), telling the story of a family that’s trying desperately survive in the wake of a horrible supernatural monster invasion.
Yes, Jim from “The Office” is directing a horror movie, and of course he’s also starring in the lead role alongside Emily Blunt, inwhich would have seemed insane a few years ago, but is now becoming increasingly logical as Krasinski continues to build himself a diverse career.
Some movie theorists suspect that there might be even more going on here than is readily apparent. What if, instead of being a standalone film, “A Quiet Place” is actually part of an existing horror movie universe?
What if “A Quiet Place” is secretly set in the same confusing continuity as “Cloverfield”?
There are weirder ideas out there. Considering the story behind “10 Cloverfield Lane”, and how it was snuck up on moviegoers despite having initially been designed as a wholly unrelated venture, it’s not outside the realms of possibility that this new movie could similarly be a secret addition to the franchise.
At present, the “Cloverfield” universe could do with a few big hits to try and bury “The Cloverfield Paradox”. Once upon a time this was also an unrelated movie premise titled “The God Particle”, before it was taken and slightly adapted to try and connect it to previous “Cloverfield” movies.
The result is pretty ugly, and for the most part, fans of the series hate this film.
Later this year, we’ll be getting “Overlord”, the fourth official “Cloverfield” movie, which fans hope will be better than “Paradox”. This new movie will be all about mad scientists in World War II, so it’s something of a departure for the series, but perhaps that’s for the best.
The real question here, after “The Cloverfield Paradox” bombed, is whether Paramount would want to risk this fledgling shared universe by releasing a third movie in the series during 2018.
Three movies a year in a single franchise isn’t unheard of – Marvel manages it now, but it’s taken that studio years to build up to that level of proficiency, and it’s hard to see how Bad Robot and the team behind “Cloverfield” could manage such an undertaking.
Perhaps it helps that the “Cloverfield” movies have little to no connection to each other; no shared actors, often completely different monsters, and wholly different time settings. All of these films have been made by different directors, and there’s no rigid system for making a “Cloverfield” movie.
Ultimately, it might not actually matter whether “A Quiet Place” is set in the “Cloverfield” universe. What matters more is whether or not it’s an enjoyable movie in its own right, and we won’t find that out until it releases in April.