JJ Abrams' upcoming film Overlord is not part of the Cloverfield franchise, but there is another Cloverfield movie in the works.
At Paramount's CinemaCon presentation, Abrams confirmed that another film in the series is on the way. Despite what may have been reported in the past, that next entry is not the October-bound Overlord, as Abrams himself stressed. Instead, the next film will be a genuine and "dedicated" sequel to the original 2008 flick.
JJ Abrams says Overlord is a “crazy sci-fi action horror film” and emphasizes it’s not a Cloverfield movie. Adds, “we’re actually developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield sequel.”— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) April 26, 2018
Though Overlord isn't set in this universe, its premise is still intriguing either way: a pair of American paratroopers wind up behind enemy lines on D-Day and discover the Nazis using supernatural forces.
The Cloverfield franchise has thus far been largely made up of films set after or before the events of the first film. 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane serves as a spiritual successor to the 2008 film, while Cloverfield Paradox from this past February takes place in a parallel Earth (mostly) separate from the ones in the original film, while also setting up its events.
Unlike Paradox, it stands to reason that this untitled Cloverfield film will release in theaters. Paramount said not long after Paradox's release that future films in the series would come to the silver screen first, no doubt because of Paradox's rather mixed reception when it dropped on Netflix the same night it was announced.
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.