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Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” Becoming a Television Series

British sci-fi horror film Monsters is being turned into a television series by Vertigo Films for UK broadcaster Channel 4, Deadline reports. The feature was the directorial debut of Star Wars spin-off Rogue One and Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards.

The film, which was released in 2010 via Vertigo and Magnet Releasing in the U.S., follows an American photojournalist, played by Scoot McNairy, who is tasked with escorting his employer’s daughter, played by Whitney Able, back to the U.S by crossing an infected zone full of creatures in Mexico.

Edwards is likely to be involved behind the scenes with his full involvement determined when the project has been fully greenlit.

Top Boy creator Ronan Bennett will act as showrunner with up-and-coming British writers Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith writing. It is currently in development with Channel 4 in the UK, via head of international drama Simon Maxwell, and the producers are looking to secure a major U.S. partner and is in talks with broadcasters and SVOD services including Netflix and Amazon. C4 hopes that the big-budget drama will follow a similar path as its Philip K. Dick adaptation “Electric Dreams”, which is set to launch on Amazon, and Kudos sci-fi thriller “Humans”, which is a co-pro with AMC.



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  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    The first movie was good but the second part was abysmal. Interesting to see how this turns out.

    • Runciter

      Holy shit, there is a sequel???
      I loved Monsters, but it was one of those infuriating cases where people were bitching about the lack of tentacledragons ripping off people’s heads, not understanding that IT ISN’T THAT KIND OF FUCKING MOVIE.

      I don’t know what kind of movie the sequel is, but in cases like this, it’s almost always a dumbass, straightforward generic film.
      Am I right?

      • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

        While the first is brilliant in spots, the sequel is a generic mess in my opinion. The sequel takes place 10 years later and largely focuses on a group of army soldiers. It’s missing the heart that the first clearly had.

  • Necro

    I’ve read about this film so many times on Netflix only to never watch it. The trailer looks interesting so I might have to give it a go.

    • Creepshow

      Just don’t expect many monsters in this film called Monsters. You may however, be overtaken by a monster nap during viewing.

      • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Creepshow… nail on head. Monsters was terrible. Its sequel the same. I won’t be watching a series. Good god, no.

      • Necro

        Haha! Ok good to know thanx!

      • J Jett

        Creepshow is correct. there’s probably a total of 7(?) minutes of actual monster footage in the film. the rest of it is focused on 2 characters trying to get from Mexico(?) back into the US. i very much liked the movie (i saw it in theaters and on dvd since then) but it is considered boring/slow by many.

        • Necro

          Well I guess my gut instinct paid off then, and explains why I never fully committed to going through with watching it. I’ll still at some point give it a chance, but after hearing all this, no rush.

    • Jeff

      I liked it. It was a good concept of doing a lot with a low budget. The special effects were high quality and you will see why it got him noticed for Godzilla, which I also liked. But agree with the above that it isn’t for everyone.

      • DJ sTikInsEkT

        im not a geek into WD strongly i watched it when io was bored

  • Grimphantom
  • J Jett

    i know many people think this movie was too slow/boring and i can see why they’d feel that way. personally speaking i loved the first film. yes, it was slow in parts but i found it interesting/haunting. the creatures are incredible and really beautiful yet scary at the same time.
    the sequel from what i can remember is ok-ish (i guess not that great since i really can’t remember much about it).
    a tv show could be good but they’d need to put some money into the creature FX and not have it end up looking like a bad SyFy Channel creature feature.

    • DukeStKing

      I enjoyed it as well. Definitely a slow burn. Which for me, added some realism. Not for the impatient.

  • Joe Smith

    Awesome film made on a tight budget. Please keep the theme of the first film. The second was horrible.

  • Alanmac

    LOVED part 1. Hopefully this will be as good.

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