Things in the Cloverfield universe aren't slowing down anytime soon. The third installment in the franchise (still called God Particle) is coming out on April 20, and today there is word that the fourth chapter in the series has already finished shooting.
According to Slash Film, the previously announced Overlord is actually a stealth Cloverfield film, as rumors last year suggested. The supernatural World War II thriller had been ramping up since early last year, casting the likes of Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror), Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Fargo), Iain DeCaestecker (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), but Slash Film's "sources" are now confirming its connection to the ever-expanding cinematic universe that began with a nameless J.J. Abrams film back in 2008. It is also being reported that the film, slated for an Oct. 26 release date, has already finished filming.
Directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and produced by Bad Robot, Overlord takes place on the eve of D-Day, when American paratroopers come across supernatural forces that are the result of Nazi experiments. Is the Cloverfield monster (or one of its parents) involved? Per usual with this franchise, we don't know.
Though highly irregular, Overlord turning out to be Cloverfield 4 is par for the course at this point. Nobody initially knew that the first continuation, 10 Cloverfield Lane, was connected to the previous film (until the title was revealed), and God Particle (aka Cloverfield Station) has gone through the same process along the way. But the secrecy that these movies thrive upon only seems to intrigue audiences all the more. In such a universe, Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake could actually be Cloverfield 5 -- anything is possible!
The biggest shake-up with this new film could be the subject matter. Though each one of these movies is different from the last, and only loosely connected, a trip back to World War II would be the biggest leap yet. How Nazi experimentation in the 1940s ties into a 2008 found-footage monster movie will be an interesting thing to see.
Does a connection to Cloverfield make you more excited for Overlord, or do you wish that they'd kept their Slusho-covered hands off of it altogether? Let us know!
(via Slash Film)