Monsters Sequel Moving Forward With New Writer, Director

By Sean O'Connell 2012-06-18 14:50:23discussion comments
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Gareth Edwards’ Monsters was a modest hit back in 2010, burning up the film festival circuit (with a memorable stop in Austin for SXSW) and earning decent box office overseas. The film – about a man and woman trying to cross a forbidden area of Central America that had been restricted due to the presence of lethal creatures – was made on a shoestring budget but made overnight stars of Edwards and his leading man, Scoot McNairy. Talk of a sequel buzzed loudly at the time of release, though it has since grown quiet … until now.

In their annual Stars of Tomorrow feature, Screen Daily (via The Playlist) profiled screenwriter Jay Basu, whose credits include: Merlin, for Working Title Films; the sports drama Fast Girls, set in the world of professional sprinting; and, it appears, a Monsters sequel subtitled The Dark Continent. In addition, it’s noted that Tom Green – the director, not the comedian – has been tapped to helm the sequel. An up-and-coming talent, Green helmed part of the British superhero drama Misfits and almost made his feature-film debut with Spike Island, a film about a legendary Stone Roses concert from 1990.

A Monsters sequel makes all the sense in the world. The first film was made for next to nothing, and found a way to terrify by keeping its threats off screen for as long as possible. And in this fictional reality, where our world is coping with an alien threat, moving the action to a new location (and possibly recasting or centering on completely new characters) is an obvious way to keep the storyline moving forward. Needless to say, it sounds like Africa will be the destination for a Monsters sequel, but we could be led astray by the obvious title. No matter. So long as the wheels are turning on a new Monsters movie, we’re excited. Are you?
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