J.J. Abrams Reveals Overlord As Not Part of Cloverfield Universe

A few weeks before Netflix‘s sudden release of The Cloverfield Paradox, news broke that the next Bad Robot film, Overlord, was part of the Cloverfield universe of random films.  That turns out to no longer be the case, as J.J. Abrams announced, at CinemaCon 2018, that Overlord is its own film.  Moreover, it’s the first R-rated film that Bad Robot has ever produced.

When talking about the World War II horror film about Nazis who have employed supernatural forces and terrifyingly gruesome experiments, Abrams said, “It’s bat shit crazy!“.  While, that’s indeed exciting for Abrams and horror fans to hear, Cloverfield fans may be bummed about the news. 

Thankfully, Abrams also revealed that Bad Robot is in the process of developing a direct sequel to Cloverfield and that it won’t be released on Netflix.  Instead, this sequel will be a big screen affair.  Though, he didn’t give a timetable for it.  After all, that’s pretty par for the course with Bad Robot.

Personally, I like that we’re finally getting a direct Cloverfield sequel, as Paradox proved that simply slapping the franchise name on a movie doesn’t make it great.  Even though, 10 Cloverfield Lane was a masterpiece, by our standards, the franchise has yearned for a sequel that connects the dots between movies.  While Overlord sounds cool on its own, it may have fallen short as Cloverfield film.

Speaking of Overlord, according to Variety, footage of the film was shown at CinemaCon 2018 and their review of it was pretty positive.

The “Overlord” footage lived up to the hype. There’s eerie shots of dead soldiers hanging from trees, genetically modified Nazis, and disembodied and fanged heads.

Overlord arrives in theaters October 26, 2018, just in time for Halloween!

Paramount Pictures also revealed that they’re continuing to develop more for the Star Trek franchise, but were coy on the details about Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams joint project.