Robert Zemeckis in Talks for Legendary's 'Here There Be Monsters'

July 26, 2011
Source: The Wrap

Sea Monsters

Even more projects for Robert Zemeckis, but what will he actually direct? Who knows. The Wrap is now claiming that Zemeckis is in talks to direct an action film called Here There Be Monsters for Legendary Pictures & Warner Bros. The concept is from Legendary's Thomas Tull and revolves around Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones, who battles sea monsters in this fictional account. They've also drafted writer Brian Helgeland (Cirque du Freak, Green Zone, Robin Hood, Cleopatra) to actually put together a script, with Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, plus Mandeville's Todd Lieberman & David Hoberman, producing.

John Paul Jones, born 1747, was the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the Revolutionary War. He's the Naval Captain who uttered "I have not yet begun to fight!" when they were about to battle the HMS Serapis. I love mixing history and fantasy/sci-fi and I know Tull has a great idea behind this, so I'm looking forward to seeing it actually come together. For now it just sounds like Zemeckis is in talks/involved, but of course he has so much to choose from and the script is just being written, so anything could happen. Plus, at least this Here There Be Monsters will have monsters in it, unlike There Be Dragons, which unfortunately has no dragons in it. We'll keep an eye on this as it develops and as Zemeckis figures out what he's directing.

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  • Commmanderzmaster
    This sounds like a cool film! 
  • Anonymous
    we've got a film coming where abe lincoln is fighting vampires and now JPP fighting seamonsters? it may make a good watch; but, i don't know that i like what hollywood is starting to do to historical figures.
    • Anonymous
      Beevis, I'd say that this is nothing new.  Over thirty years ago, you had Nick Myer's TIME AFTER TIME, which featured H.G. Wells pursuing Jack the Ripper to 1979 San Francisco via a time machine. And in Japan, there have been numerous movies, books, manga and videogames that have featured Nobunaga Oda as a demon or someone possessed by demons. Sometimes, what looks like new trend really isn't.  Just saying....
  • Neo-3
    Combine both titles and you get Here, There Be Dragons. This is the movie that should be made. 




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