During CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week, J.J. Abrams himself dropped two solid bites of Cloververse wisdom regarding the upcoming Overlord film on the audience:

  1. Overlord is not a Cloverfield film
  2. There will be a “true” Cloverfield sequel released in theaters

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Abrams has turned being direct and vague at the same time into an admirable art form.

 

Overlord, the upcoming horror film from J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has been the source of recent Cloverfield speculation. The plot details a World War II setting with American soldiers discovering some dark, supernatural Nazi science behind enemy lines. The film is directed by Julius Avery and is set to star Wyatt Russell (We Are What We Are, 22 Jump Street), Jovan Adepo (Mother!, Fences), and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones, Ghost in the Shell). Being that the news comes from the boss himself, it sounds like we won’t get an origins film or a Nazi-Cloverfield Monster crossover like some false leaks alleged. Abrams announced to the audience that Overlord will be independent from Cloverfield and will ultimately be it’s own film.

Nevertheless, Overlord sounds promising. Plus, Abrams excitedly reminded everyone, that it will be Bad Robot’s first rated-R film and described it as “batsh-t“. And with that strike, Abrams informed everyone of a “true” Cloverfield sequel, meaning a film to follow up directly after the original one. Whatever name this film operates under, he also assured them of its release platform being theatrical (aka not Netflix).

The surprise Netflix release of The Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl back in February was met with much controversy and mostly sour, mixed reviews. Cloverheads, like myself, had to go back to the conspiracy drawing board to come up with new pieces to the franchise release puzzle. We all know that one misstep can bring down the proverbial giant when it comes to horror and sci-fi franchises like Cloverfield, and we were not ready to let The Cloverfield Paradox trip up our monster.

 

 

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For a good part of the year there was still speculation runoff revolving around a few soon-to-be-released films following the activation of the Tagruato AGR site prior to the almost instant release of The Cloverfield Paradox. Alex Garland’s Annhilation, and John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and a few others were thought to link to the Cloververse at some point prior to their release. Sadly, Overlord was the last of the key potential speculative films to be part of the franchise. All hope of A Quiet Place sneaking a potential tie-in with the Cloververse was eliminated with its release this past month, even though writers, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, openly admitted the offer was on the table. Similarly, it sounds like Overlord was given the same opportunity, but decided to be its own film too. Hmm… seems like a lot of films are passing up on being retrofitted into this particular universe.

Are filmmakers refusing to let Abrams piggy-back off of their own hard work by slapping a ‘Cloverfield‘ sticker on it? Is he faking us out like he does most of the time? He did comment on wanting to never direct a Star Wars movie (PS- He’s on his second one). No one knows at this point, but that’s pretty much what the Cloververse is composed of: the unknown.

Overlord is currently scheduled for release October 27th, 2018. Let us know is your excited on TwitterInstagramReddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!