Rumor of the Day: is Bad Robot's new WW2 movie secretly a Cloverfield film?

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Mar 21, 2017

J.J. Abrams apparently may have more Cloververse films in his mystery box.

A new movie from Abrams' Bad Robot production company, titled Overlord and set during World War II, may secretly be a Cloverfield movie in disguise. According to Collider, a press release issued on Monday (March 20) by Bad Robot studio partner Paramount Pictures, indicating that production was scheduled to begin in May, yielded some interesting clues about the film that could connect it to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane and possibly other upcoming Cloververse projects.

According to previous reports, the film is a combination of war movie and supernatural thriller that follows a group of American paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day. The squad approaches a village under Nazi occupation but soon realizes that there is much more going on than a military operation.

The movie is being directed by Julius Avery and stars Jovan Adepo (Fences) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street). But the interesting part is that the producer on the film alongside Abrams is Lindsey Weber, who had those same duties on 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Slashfilm theorizes that Overlord could examine the origins of Tagruato, the mysterious Japanese corporation name-checked in both previous Cloverfield movies. Since the Nazis and Imperial Japan were allies in World War II, could technology provided by Tagruato be behind some kind of bizarre Nazi occult experiments that the American paratroopers stumble upon?

While Bad Robot itself always remains mum about this kind of speculation, Abrams himself has suggested that the Cloverfield movies are all loosely attached to each other, forming a gigantic version of an anthology series like The Twilight Zone yet tying all the otherwise unrelated stories together through some well-hidden connecting points.

There's no word yet on a release date for Overlord, although the plan is for it to come out in 2018. In the meantime, a Cloverfield-related IMAX movie is due out on October 27 of this year, which may or may not be God Particle, a film about a team of astronauts facing a threat to the fabric of reality itself that was originally scheduled for release last month but pulled from the calendar late last year for reasons unknown.

Do you think Overlord could be another chapter in the growing Cloververse? Or is Bad Robot just messing with the heads of fans who already overthink these kinds of things?