We've yet to see the long-delayed third movie in the Cloverfield anthology franchise, but a fourth film has already been shot, and its official title has been revealed. Directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), Overlord will be a prequel of sorts to the other three movies with events taking place in the thick of the Second World War.

For a taste of what to expect, Paramount also issued the official synopsis;

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"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 realise 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."

Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror) and Jovan Adepo (Fences) are heading up the cast, but it remains unclear when Overlord will arrive in cinemas. Meanwhile, the third film in the Cloververse might finally see the light of day after numerous delays and release date changes. Paramount was planning to launch The God Particle on April 20, but Netflix has reportedly made a hefty offer to acquire the space set movie. Starring  Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and David Oyelowo, news on The God Particle's release should become evident during the Superbowl's commercial breaks. For added confusion, rumour has it that The God Particle will be retitled Cloverfield Station.

Back in 2016, Paramount Pictures gave the internet a shock when it released the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane. A low-key claustrophobic thriller from producer J.J Abrams with a then-unknown connection to 2008's Cloverfield that nobody knew had been made. In an age when we see so much about big studio movies years in advance, it was refreshing to be surprised and go from seeing a trailer to release date in barely eight weeks. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane was a shockingly effective thriller, not all of it works (if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about), but that doesn't prevent this well-executed mystery box movie being quietly brilliant.

The repeated delays and lack of promotional material suggest The God Particle/Cloverfield Station isn't a masterpiece and the reports that J.J Abrams wasn't best pleased with the finished film aren't encouraging. The original plan was to have it in cinemas February 2017, but who knows, maybe the extensive creative tinkering has crafted a better version of the movie. Should the Netflix deal go ahead, it could be a good thing for the overall Cloververse as there is zero chance of flopping at the box office.

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