We can’t be sure, but it seems like Netflix broke all sorts of records last week when they dropped a full-length trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox a mere two hours before releasing the film in its entirety on its online streaming service. In hindsight, perhaps this was the only way the movie was ever going to be seen; it’s largely been written-off as a poor addition to the Cloververse and currently holds an approval rating of just 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes.
With this in mind, you might expect J.J. Abrams to be a bit nervous about the future of the franchise, especially as how he’s already filmed the fourth addition – a WWII zombie horror called Overlord. In a recent interview, however, the acclaimed filmmaker had this to say:
“First of all it’s something that I can’t wait for you to see… the director, Julius Avery, has done an amazing job on it… wait and see. [It’s] really a crazy movie”.
Overlord is directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and stars Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Jovan Adepo (Fences). The synopsis for the movie reads:
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.
Obviously, this all remains to be seen. There’s no release date for Overlord yet, but for all we know, it could drop on Netflix any second now, so stay in a permanent state of readiness! [We’re being facetious, Abrams. We can’t operate like this. No more surprise releases please!]
If you haven’t seen The Cloverfield Paradox yet, it’s worth a watch. Yes, the Cloverfield elements feel very tacked on but the rest of the movie is somewhat an agreeable (if not forgettable!) experience.