According to Variety, he was featured in taped footage during Paramount's CinemaCon presentation. He talked about his "batsh*t crazy" supernatural World War II film "Overlord," which will not be the fourth "Cloverfield" movie. There were rumors that it might be, but kill those off before they spread.
Instead, Abrams said "we're actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel" that will release in theaters. (Unlike "Paradox," which was barely a "Cloverfield" movie and released on Netflix.)
So it sounds like the "fourth" film in the franchise will be more in line with "Cloverfield" (2008) and "10 Cloverfield Lane" (2016). That would be welcome.
Back to "Overlord," which shared footage during CinemaCon. Here's a synopsis for the horror thriller:
"The story follows two paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower in a small town outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. After reaching their target, the two paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against supernatural forces that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment."
It's the first R-rated movie for Abrams' Bad Robot, which produces the "Cloverfield" franchise, and also the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" movies.
Variety approved of the "Overlord" teaser shown:
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" was directed by Julius Avery, and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, and Mathilde Ollivier. It opens in theaters October 26.
There's no word yet on when the fourth "Cloverfield" movie will open. Or can we just call it the third movie, and let "Paradox" drift out into space?
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On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realize that there's more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead. Read More