Early teaser poster for Overlord.

"This started off as a Billy Ray pitch to J.J. Abrams years ago and it was always called Overlord. And we never discussed it being a Cloverfield film. Obviously, there's a lot of conjecture out there because anything that Bad Robot that has their logo on... People draw some conclusion... but this is its own beast."
—Julius Avery[1]

Overlord is a 2018 science fiction horror film directed by Julius Avery, and produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, and Lindsey Weber. Written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, Overlord follows several American soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines the day before D-Day and discover secret Nazi experiments.

Overlord stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, Bokeem Woodbine and Iain De Caestecker. Initially slated for an October 2018 release[2], the film was later released November 9, 2018 in the United States, and February 2019 for digital and home video release.[3]

Plot

"On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment."
—Early synopsis[4]

History

Relationship with the Cloververse

Early on in the film's pre-production stages, Overlord was reported as a "possible Cloverfield sequel" with a World War II bent to is narrative.[4][5] Including the official naming of the "Cloververse" as an anthology franchise[6], the assertion that Overlord was the next film within the universe was largely assumption by the media.[7][8] An assumption based on the adoption of The Cloverfield Paradox[9] (then named "God Particle"), and 10 Cloverfield Lane[10] - unrelated scripts later rewritten to suit the purposes of the franchise.[4]

The presumption remained unchallenged until April 2018. Abrams clarified that Overlord was not part of the anthology universe, but a genuine sequel to Cloverfield was in the works.[2] In an interview with IGN.com, director Julius Avery explained that the idea behind the story was pitched "years ago" to Abrams by writer Billy Ray.[11], Overlord was never intended to be a part of the "Cloververse", but Avery had no issue with audiences who preferred to believe it was.[12]

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