J.J. Abrams made a brief appearance via video at CinemaCon to show a clip from Bad Robot’s first R-rated film Overlord, Deadline reports. The sci-fi horror flick appears to tell the story of Allied soldiers in World War II who discover that Nazis are using supernatural forces and conducting radical experiments. Abrams reportedly described the movie as “batshit crazy,” and with that being said, we're officially sold.
OVERLORD is NOT a CLOVERFIELD movie. It's Bad Robot's first R-rated movie. JJ Abrams calls it "batshit" crazy and that describes the graphic footage we saw. A grenade exploding in someone's mouth. A severed head and spine still talking. Looks INSANE. I'm pumped.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 26, 2018
As is the custom with any Abrams project shrouded in mystery, people were already speculating if this latest film could turn out to be a sequel to the Cloverfield franchise. J.J. attempted to dispel those rumors, revealing that “we’re actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel.” Abrams also intends for the next installment in the franchise to have a theatrical release.
In February, a commercial for The Cloverfield Paradox came out of nowhere during Super Bowl LII, indicating that it would be released on Netflix, only to come out shortly after the game concluded. Within a week of its release, the film racked up five million viewers, indicating that there’s still a loyal market for the Cloverfield franchise, despite the less than favorable reviews and a woeful 16 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The overall numbers weren't as impressive as Bright, however, the figures were solid considering the lack of a marketing push behind the project.
Stay tuned for more details.