Bad Robot's Overlord is moving back two weeks and will now hit theaters in early November 2018. J.J. Abrams has used his producer credits to help give his production studio Bad Robot a bit of a unique outlook. They flirted with a shared Cloverfield universe, but those plans appear to be dead. Instead, Overlord - a project once thought to be another Cloverfield film - will be released on its own and as a standalone adventure.
While Abrams' attachment as a producer is a big selling point in the just released first trailer, there's also a well-balanced cast. Jovan Adepo (Fences) and Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!) lead the ensemble that is directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun). However, those looking forward to the film will now have to wait a bit longer.
Paramount Pictures announced that Overlord has been pushed back a few weeks and will now hit theaters on November 9, 2018. The movie was previously set to hit theaters at the end of October. The move gives them a few more weeks to properly market the movie, but looks to put Overlord up against greater competition.
In the film's previous October 26 release, Overlord would've competed against a variety of smaller films. Johnny English Strikes Again is the biggest title, a sequel that comes seven years after the last installment. There's also the faith-based drama Indivisible and a Gerard Butler action film Hunter Killer. The general reception that the Overlord trailer has received could've given it a solid opening against weaker competition. But, it would be competing with the second weekends of Halloween and Andy Serkis' Mowgli. Paramount may have not wanted to compete with either, especially the latest chapter in the Michael Myers story.
Thanks to its new release date though, Overlord may have even greater competition. The film isn't exactly a family friendly affair, so Dr. Seuss' The Grinch isn't directly going to challenge it, even if it does limit the potential turnout. The biggest hurdle will likely be going head-to-head with Sony's The Girl in the Spider's Web. The pseudo-sequel to David Fincher's film that is also looking to reboot the franchise put out an impressive first trailer not too long ago. Spider's Web and Overlord look to be going after a similar demographic, so they could split the weekend, unless one gains more momentum and buries the other. Unlike other recent Bad Robot films, Overlord looks to have a decently sized budget, so it'll need a strong box office run to wind up being a hit.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Overlord (2018) release date: Nov 09, 2018