J.J. Abrams' Overlord isn't in Cloverfield universe, is Bad Robot's first R-rated film

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Apr 25, 2018, 10:10 PM EDT

After the tepid reaction of critics to the latest Cloverfield movie, which went straight to Netflix for a surprise debut directly after the Super Bowl, fans were very curious about the mysterious franchise’s future. Now, at CinemaCon, producer and mystery box mastermind J.J. Abrams dished via video on Overlord -- a movie that many believed would be the follow-up to The Cloverfield Paradox, and the fourth in the franchise.

However, according to Variety, Abrams said the R-rated horror movie -- the first such rating for a Bad Robot film -- isn’t a Cloverfield entry, just a routine World War II movie with supernatural Nazis and terrifying experiments. “It’s bats*** crazy,” said Abrams. The Overlord footage that was shown at the cinema industry convention had plenty of gruesome and tongue-hanging-out-of-cheek visuals that should get any gorehound going.

Here are some of the responses, including one from our own Mike Avila:

While Overlord opens Oct. 26, 2018 -- near enough to Halloween to be a box-office boom -- it’ll take more than a botched Netflix movie to kill Cloverfield. “We’re actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel,” Abrams said, assuring fans that this one, at least, will screen in theaters. Hopefully they’ll give audiences more than a few hours heads-up too.