Cloverfield 3 — which is either officially titled God Particle or Cloverfield Station depending on who you ask — isn’t even out yet, but J. J. Abrams and the team at Bad Robot have already filmed a fourth Cloverfield movie in secret. It may even be released before the end of the year!
Slashfilm is reporting that the movie previously developed under the title of Overlord is, in actuality, Cloverfield 4. While releasing two movies of the same franchise in the same year isn’t usually practiced (unless you’re making superhero films), this release schedule likely happened as a result of the delays placed upon Cloverfield 3, which was originally meant to come out last year. It will certainly be interesting to see if the movie is given a theatrical release, given that Cloverfield 3 is rumored to be circling Netflix, or if Cloverfield 4 will face a delay.
Knowing this franchise’s history, it’s entirely possible that the movie will end up getting a title like Operation Cloverfield or The Cloverfield Battalion after being filmed under a different title. As it stands, Overlord‘s premise is as follows:
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.
The currently-nameless Cloverfield 3 (rumored to be called Cloverfield Station) is directed by Julius Onah and will be released on April 20, 2018 — possibly through Netflix instead of in theaters. The film’s cast includes David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Ziyi, Aksel Hennie, and John Ortiz.
Overlord is directed by Julius Avery and is set for an October 26, 2018 release date. The film’s cast includes Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo. It is unknown if the movie will be released theatrically or if it will be a Netflix exclusive.