J.J. Abrams' next project is a WWII supernatural thriller

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May 2, 2017, 3:51 PM EDT (Updated)

I've always been a huge fan of World War II movies and an even bigger fan of anything and everything supernatural (no wonder I loved Michael Mann's The Keep growing up). So imagine my excitement when I learned that J.J. Abrams' next project will mash up both genres into one movie!

According to Variety, the Star Trek and Star Wars director came up with the story for Overlord with Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), who is writing the script. The site also reports that screenwriter Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has done a "slight polish" of the draft. Abrams will produce, with A24's Son of a Gun director Julius Avery directing the Paramount and Bad Robot project.

Paramount apparently got their hands on Overlord back in 2007, but with Avery currently attached to direct, the project is quickly gaining steam — so much that execs are already meeting with actors to play the two lead characters.

Here's the synopsis:

The story follows two paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German radio tower in a small town outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. After reaching their target, the two paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against supernatural forces that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.

Supernatural forces? Secret Nazi experiments? Overlord sounds like a crazy fun movie, and I’m curious to see what those supernatural forces will be. Will our heroes face off against Nazi zombies? Vengeful wraiths? Vampiric creatures? Something else? There are so many possibilities to get excited about.

What do you guys think?

(via Variety)