Hold on to your hats Squid readers; you can expect to see another addition to the Cloverfield franchise – and no, we’re not talking about the still yet untitled third film that’s due to hit cinemas in April. According to the amazing sleuths at /Film, Cloverfield 4 is not only coming to our screens in the foreseeable future, it’s also already finished filming. You can’t knock J.J. Abrams’ ability to churn out films, that’s for sure; his work rate puts the busy bees at Netflix to shame.
10 Cloverfield Lane (left), Cloverfield (right)
So, onto the finer points: the fourth addition to the Cloverfield franchise is (currently) called Overlord. Now, the horror community has been aware of Overlord for some time and has long suspected that it forms part of the Cloverfield universe due to the fact that it’s produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, so it’s good that /Film has confirmed this. The plot will revolve around American paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines in World War II, who have to deal with Nazis and their supernatural allies!
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.
Okay, so Nazi supernatural forces as a plot device has been done to death somewhat by cinema and B-movies in the past. However, both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane worked with clichéd genres and still made their stories fresh, so perhaps Overlord will too.
Overlord is directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and stars Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Jovan Adepo (Fences). We have no release date yet, but then again we still don’t know the name of the third Cloverfield movie, despite it being a few months away from release! We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.