Official Overlord photo, unveiled at CinemaCon.
JJ Abram's comments at CinemaCon have confirmed that the aforementioned film 'Overlord' is NOT the fourth film in the Cloverfield Universe. This comes after Abrams unveiled footage for the WWII horror/thriller, including revealing the film to be R rated. This will be Bad Robot's first R-Rated Feature. Vulture has quoted JJ's thoughts on the matter:
"Because it is R-rated, I can describe it as bats**t crazy," Abrams said. "It is a crazy sci-fi, action, horror film that takes place in World War II, directed by Julius Avery. It is super fun. We're really excited about it."
The filmmaker was quick to qualify: "It's not a Cloverfield movie. We are developing a true, dedicated Cloverfield movie soon."- (via Vulture.com)
In terms of the reason why Overlord has been pulled from the Cloverfield Universe we can only speculate, however many fans have linked it to the critical outcome of the previous film in the series, The Cloverfield Paradox. While this remains unconfirmed, it may play a factor in Bad Robot's decision.
Overlord is set to hit theatres on October 26th, and stars Jovan Adepo, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Wyatt Russell and Bokeem Woodbine.