Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
When Gareth Edwards released his low-budget sci-fi/romance picture Monsters in 2010, it made a lot of waves and gained the young director many fans in very short order. Star Scoot McNairy rode the film to roles in some great-looking projects (Argo, Killing Them Softly) and Edwards became the director of Legendary Pictures’ new take on Godzilla.
Talk of a sequel to Monsters also cropped up as the film was rolling into theaters, but we haven’t heard much about that development in a while. Now there’s a report that the project has a new director, and a new title: Monsters: The Dark Continent.
The last thing we heard about the possible Monsters sequel was that Brent Bonacarso and Jesse Atlas were set to direct, but according to Screen Daily (via The Playlist) they’ve been supplanted by Tom Green. That’s not the actor Tom Green, but the UK director, most recently seen in the credits for the show Misfits.
And there’s a new writer for the Monsters sequel, too, as Jay Basu, whose Merlin film has been in development for a while at Working Title, is now reported as the screenwriter.
All that said, that doesn’t mean that Monsters: The Dark Continent will actually happen. But it’s nice to see that there’s some effort to get good talents on board to create a respectable second chapter, so I’m going to remain hopeful that it will turn into a real project rather than a perpetual resident of development hell.