J.J. Abrams to Produce First Superhero Film with ‘Overlord’ Director, Julius Avery

J.J. Abrams will get into the newest and most lucrative of film genres. The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming ninth chapter in the saga will produce, along with his studio Bad Robot, a superhero film reportedly titled The Heavy. Helming the film will be Julius Avery, who is directing the Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams produced Overlord. Hopefully both will be a bit more critically accepted than the last Bad Robot flick, The Cloverfield Paradox.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the news, also adding, “Daniel Casey wrote the script,” Daniel Casey being the screenwriter of the upcoming film, Kin, starring Carrie Coon, James Franco, and Zoë Kravitz. THR also added, “Details are being suppressed. The project is described as a subversive take on the superhero genre. The studio is bullish on the project and hopes to get it before cameras this year, say insiders.”

Avery’s Overlord is an R-rated sci-fi/war/period piece that tells the story of two American paratroopers who land behind enemy lines on D-Day, only to find that their enemy is the result of a Nazi experiment gone wrong.

Overlord showed footage at this year’s CinemaCon which garnered some acclaim. The film is expected to be released on October 26, 2018. The Heavy, if able to shoot this year, will more than likely aim for a Summer of 2019 release.

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