While it’s been out there for ages that Bad Robot’s WWII horror film Overlord would be its own thing. Fans kept holding out hope that the movie would be retrofitted to be connected to the Cloverfield universe. This thinking wasn’t without previous examples as the studio had done the same with movies 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox.

However, word from early screenings of Overlord debunked this theory rather quickly.

Writer-director Julius Avery recently reaffirmed that the movie is indeed not connected to Cloverfield, during an interview with IGN. Stating Overlord is ”its own beast”.

”This started Off as a Billy Ray pitch to J.J. years ago and it was always called Overlord. And we never discussed it being a Cloverfield film. Obviously, there’s a lot of conjecture out there because anything that Bad Robot that has their logo on ..people draw some conclusion but.. this is its own beast.”

Overlord never really needed the Cloverfield bump as it was always going to be appealing to a younger audience as many gamers see the film as an homage of sorts to WWII horror video games like Wolfenstein and Call of Duty: Zombies.

The Aussie director has seemingly impressed studio brass. It was recently reported that Julius Avery will be writing and directing a Flash Gordon reboot for 20th Century Fox.

Overlord releases this week, so check your local theaters for showtimes.

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.



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