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As Netflix reps take in the Sundance Film Festival for possible content, the genre rumor mill is running into overdrive with news that Julius Onah’s The God Particle may appear on the streaming service rather than open at a theater near you.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. calls it a “strong rumor,” saying Netflix is considering grabbing the rights to the movie, a sophomore sequel to 2008’s gigantic hit Cloverfield.

Under the title, The God Particle aka Cloverfield Station, the J.J. Abrams produced thriller was scheduled to drop into theaters on April 20, but if the acquisition is true, it could land in your queue a lot sooner than that.

This wouldn’t be the first time Netflix has snatched up a buzzworthy film. The subscription giant has already acquired the international rights to the highly-anticipated Natalie Portman horror/action opus Annihilation.

Fleming says The God Particle shares some similarities in plot to 2017’s sleeper Life which may have caused Paramount to take a hard pass at the time. It bounced around release dates last year, eventually coming to rest on its slated 2018 spring release.

Like Life, The God Particle is set in space where a crew battles a creature generated by a particle accelerator.

Of course, this news should be taken with a grain of salt, as nothing can be confirmed at this point, but many entertainment publications are reporting the same news which means we are making a collect call on this game of telephone.

Stay tuned.