Julius Avery has signed up to direct supernatural World War II movie 'Overlord'.

The Australian-born film director, who helmed 2014 film 'Son of a Gun', has teamed up with Paramount and J.J. Abrams' 'Bad Robot' for the horror film, according to Variety.

Abrams and Billy Ray have come up with the story for the project with Ray penning the script with 'The Revenant' screenwriter Mark L. Smith also contributing to the final draft.

The project dates back to 2007 when Paramount first acquired the rights and has since picked up pace after Avery got on board.

The story is based on two Allied Forces paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines in a small town outside Normandy, France, during the D-Day invasion after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower.

Having reached their target, the paratroopers discover they have to fight off supernatural forces as well as enemy soldiers with the creepy foes the result of Nazi experiments.

'Son of a Gun' was Avery's breakout film and as well as earning him the job on 'Overlord' it's success also impressed Sir Ridley Scott, who approached him to direct drug trafficking film 'The King of L.A.'.