'Overlord' Trailer Teases a World War II Zombie Movie; Here's Everything We Know So Far



Ahead of Comic-Con, where we expected it to drop, Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for the Bad Robot production Overlord. It’s the first R-rated release from J.J. Abrams’ company, best known lately for surprise deliveries of Cloverfield movies, and we can easily see why that is. Already, we’re getting clear glimpses of gory Nazi zombies here. 


The trailer starts off like it’s a normal World War II drama, albeit the kind with lots of action and explosions. But soon enough, we see the real horror of Overlord, and it’s not the usual wartime terrors. The Nazis are experimenting with either prisoners or dead bodies, either way resulting in some nasty super soldiers of the supernatural kind.


Check out the trailer below. The film is now set for release on November 9.




Previous update: In the past, we heard that the upcoming military thriller Overlord would also serve as a prequel to the monster movie Cloverfield. J.J. Abrams now says that Overlord is “not a Cloverfield movie,” but one is “in the works for theaters,” according to Deadline.


In attendance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Abrams declined to talk further about the Cloverfield movie. He did, however, show footage from Overlord, which certainly wowed viewers. Abrams described it as the first R-rated film from Bad Robot, his production company.


“First footage of Abrams’ #Overlord looked crazy, bloody and freaky – a WWII-era horror movie that’s got some gnarly effects.” – Erik Davis, Fandango


“#Overlord is Bad Robot’s first R-rated movie and NOT a Cloverfield sequel. But it looks AWESOME! Like a Wolfenstein movie. A decapitated head begs for help. I’m in.” – Drew Dietsch

“When JJ Abrams calls a movie batshit, you better believe it’ll probably be batshit – footage of @bad_robot first R-rated movie #Overlord is insanely terrifying, there’s a decapitated woman’s head with a spine attached sitting on a table and CALLING FOR HELP!. GAH.” – Piya Sinha-Roy, Entertainment Weekly


(Read our previous post, published on February 9, 2018, below.)


On Sunday night, Paramount and Netflix made history with their Big Game spot for The Cloverfield Paradox.(top). The preview not only revealed its title, it announced the release strategy: “Coming very soon.” In fact, the thriller debuted on the streaming giant’s platform right after the game. Brilliant marketing has come to be expected from the Cloverfield franchise, the sci-fi horror anthology created and produced by J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot. 


The Cloverfield Paradox hasn’t even been out a week and fans are already chattering about what the future of the series could hold. Let’s recap what we know and the leading speculations at this point. Also, you can read about how The Cloverfield Paradox ties into the connected universe here.


What do we know about Cloverfield 4?


For starters, we know that it exists thanks to confirmation from /Film. It’s going by the title Overlord and production status is completed,  according to IMDb. The synopsis reads as follows: “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.”


The Cloverfield Paradox serves as a prequel to Cloverfield and even provides an explanation for the events in the original film. Obviously, Overlord is going much further back in time. How exactly this will tie into the rest of the series is anyone’s guess, but I suspect alternate dimensions and time travel could be at play.


Who is directing and who stars?


Overlord is helmed by Julius Avery. He directed a handful of dramatic shorts before his feature-length debut Son of a Gun in 2014. Overlord stars Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Jovan Adepo (Fences) and Pilou Asbæk, best known for playing Euron Greyjoy in the last season of Game of Thrones.


When will Overlord be released?


October 26, 2018.


Do we know anything about Cloverfield 5?


Officially, no, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bust out the tinfoil hats! There’s currently a convincing theory on Reddit that Bad Robot’s upcoming fantasy film Kolma could secretly be Cloverfield 5


The film is a remake of a 2003 Israeli TV movie about a man who dies in car accident and waits for his girlfriend in the afterlife. Recently, an image surfaced on Tagruato’s website (a fake company used in the viral marketing for the original Cloverfield) that contains Hebrew text that could be referring to the car crash.


Again, this is not a confirmation, but there are enough coincidences astir to suspect something. Kolma is still in the early stages of development, but you can bet the internet will be obsessively tracking its progress.


Who is directing and who stars in Kolma?


Kolma will be directed by Marielle Heller, who made her promising debut with The Diary of a Teenage Girl. She has since directed episodes of Transparent and Casual; her new film, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, releases this fall. Daisy Ridley (Rey in the current Star Wars trilogy) is attached to star.


How were the first two Cloverfield films revealed?



In the summer of 2007, the above teaser was attached to Paramount’s Transformers. It advertised a found-footage film where a calamitous yet mysterious event befalls New York City. In lieu of a title, the video ends with “In Theaters 1-18-08.” And so began the anticipation for a film that would become known as Cloverfield.


On January 15, 2016, the above trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released online. The title was unveiled along with the film’s theatrical release date, March 11, less than two months away.