We can at least confirm that it’s not a Venom origin story.
Bad Robot’s “Clover-verse” is easily the most compelling shared universe at the moment, thus far including the 2008 found footage monster movie Cloverfield and last year’s loosely connected follow-up, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Set for release this coming October 27th is an as-yet untitled third film in the monstrous universe, which most are assuming is Julius Onah’s God Particle.
And then there’s the Abrams-produced Overlord, which was just announced this year. Being directed by Julius Avery and presumably set for release in 2018, the World War II-set film just began casting up, with both Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell signing on for active duty.
In the film…
On the eve of D-Day, a group of 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.
Naturally, this being another Bad Robot/Paramount collaboration with a shrouded-in-secrecy plot, many have begun speculating that Overlord is going to turn out to be the 4th film in the “Clover-verse.” Overlord, interestingly enough, is set in 1944, just one year before fictional company Tagruato was founded. The Japanese mining company, as hardcore fans know, has ties to everything going on in the universe (one of their subsidiaries is Bold Futura, where Howard Stambler worked), so it’s entirely possible that Overlord could be a prequel/origin story of sorts.
Of course, this is nothing but speculation at the moment. But if there’s one thing we know about J.J. Abrams… well, let’s just say it wouldn’t surprise us if Overlord is “Cloverfield 4.”
We’ll do some more digging…