UK TV Director Tom Green to Helm Sequel 'Monsters: Dark Continent'
Two years ago, the buzz started for Gareth Edwards' phenomenal indie sci-fi film Monsters, a character based film following two Americans trying to travel across an area of Central America devastated and inhabited by gigantic, and strangely mesmerizing, alien creatures. It was truly a unique indie gem, had some great special effects for such a low budget film, and even helped Edwards land a gig directing a new take on Godzilla for Legendary Pictures. Well, we also heard a sequel was in development almost exactly a year later, but without Edwards attached to direct. But now we have an update on the gestating project. Read on!
Though Brent Bonacorso, of a short called West of the Moon, and Jesse Atlas were said to direct last May, Screen Daily (via The Playlist) recently talked with some up and coming talents from around the world (including Attack the Block star John Boyega and Douglas Booth who just landed a role in Noah), and learned of a new writer and director for the sequel now titled Monsters: The Dark Continent. Screenwriter Jay Basu (the scribe behind a new contemporary take on Merlin), was among the talents, and it was revealed that he's writing the sequel. In addition, he'll be joined by Tom Green.
No, it's not the Tom Green who puts his bum on things, but rather a rising director who has been behind episodes of the British superhero drama series "Misfits." Apparently he's come close to directing a couple feature films that have been below our radar, but his directing this sequel sounds like a done deal. Last time we talked about the project, it was said to spend more time in the "infected zone" world that the monsters inhabit. 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. However, the film, backed by Vertigo Films, doesn't have a start date just yet, so this project could easily sit in development for another year. Of course, with this kind of talent coming on board and no rush to capitalize on the low profile, but stunning original film, this just might work out for everyone.