Gareth Edwards Not Directing the 'Monsters' Sequel for Vertigo Films
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2011
Wait - there's a sequel to to the cult sci-fi hit Monsters in the works? Apparently so. ScreenDaily (via The Playlist) is reporting details on Monsters 2 coming from the Cannes Film Festival, as Vertigo Films is currently working on early pre-sales and financing. Unfortunately, writer/director Gareth Edwards will not be returning, as he has moved on to helm Godzilla for Legendary out in Hollywood. Instead, "emerging hotshots" Brent Bonacorso, of a short called West of the Moon, and Jesse Atlas will take the reigns this time, with Edwards and the film's co-star Scoot McNairy at least executive producing. Very interesting news.
The sequel will spend more time in the "infected zone" world that Monsters established. It will continue by introducing a teacher living in a protected walled city, who has to go into the infected zone to find his long-lost brother, a former military man who is now a "Col. Kurtz-esque figure." Vertigo's Allan Niblo says: "We wouldn't have done it if we didn't find the right talent [in the two new directors]. Gareth loves their vision. People want to see more of this world." Indeed, but does that mean we need to rehash this in a sequel that probably won't be as good? Niblo promises there will be "lots more creatures" in the sequel. It seems like the only reason they're doing that is because people complained about the lack of the creatures, but to me that was just an idle complaint because I was satisfied with the original vision Edwards had for it.
ScreenDaily also adds that the budget will be bigger than the first Monsters (which was a point of contention considering the amount of visual effects Edwards did on his own), but it'll still stay under $5 million. Vertigo has Monsters 2 scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2012, so we've still got a while to wait on this one. No cast has been set yet. Considering I was in Cannes last year when I first discovered Monsters, and I'm here again now, I really think this isn't necessary. They're just trying to keep the buzz going. Let's hope they truly can keep the same vision and expand upon it without watering it down. We'll keep you updated!