The upcoming J.J. Abrams World War II supernatural thriller Overlord has been given an October 26, 2018 release date. The American film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer is best known for his work in the drama, action and science fiction genres producing and writing mega blockbuster films like Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), directing and writing films like Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and his continuation of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga with directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and executive producing Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
His latest project Overlord, which will be a supernatural thriller set in the World War II era on the eve of D-Day written by Billy Ray and Mark Smith and produced by Abrams and Lindsey Weber, will be starring Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers, Fences) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street, Cowboys & Aliens) with Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), Dominic Applewhite (The King’s Speech), Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), John Magaro (Carol), Mathilde Ollivier (The Misfortunes of Francois Jane) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo). Here is an official description of the film:
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.
In a press release from Deadline, it has been confirmed that the film will be released in theaters by Paramount on October 26, 2018. So far, Abrams’ film is the only major release set for next year’s October 26 date with other production companies’ films like The Girl in the Spider’s Web from Sony and Jungle Book: Origins from Warner Bros. releasing the week prior on October 19, 2018. Disney will also be releasing their live-action version of Mulan and Fox will be releasing Dark Phoenix the following weekend on November 2, 2018. So, as of now, it looks like Overlord should be able to win its opening weekend at the bo office.
While there has been rumors that the film will be another installment in Abrams’ desired Cloverfield universe, it is unsure of whether or not Overlord will turn out to actually be Cloverfield 4 because of prior statements Abrams made during the end of last year stating that he does not want to direct sequels in the future (The Force Awakens being an exception), but it wouldn’t be surprising if Overlord does somehow have connections to the Cloverfield universe similar to how the twist ending of 10 Cloverfield Lane connected with the idea of otherworldly beings like in the original Cloverfield despite the unclarity of whether the film was actually a sequel or not.
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