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JJ Abrams & Overlord Director Team for 'Subversive' Superhero Thriller

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is teaming up with director Julius Avery once again. After producing the Australian director's upcoming World War II zombie film, Overlord, through his studio Bad Robot, Abrams is looking to re-team with Avery for his latest feature, The Heavy. The director has entered negotiations to helm the movie, with Abrams and Bad Robot expected to return as producers.

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While details on the tentative project are currently under wraps, it has been described as a subversive take on the superhero genre with thriller undertones from a script written by Daniel Casey. Casey rewrote 10 Cloverfield Lane for Abrams and is currently adapting Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' popular comic series Kill or Be Killed for the big screen.

Avery and Abrams presented CinemaCon attendees last week with a look at Overlord, which follows two American paratroopers that land behind enemy lines on D-Day, only to discover the Nazis turning to supernatural forces in an effort to win the war.

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The duo clarified to the audience that the upcoming genre mash-up is not set in the Cloverfield universe as previously rumored, though Abrams assured fans that a Cloverfield sequel is currently in development.

Overlord arrives in theaters on Oct. 26. The film stars Jovan Adepo, John Magno, Wyatt Russell, Bokeem Woodbine, Pilou Asbaek, Jacob Anderson and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Iain De Caestecker.

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