David Ellis Now Directing War Monkeys?

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This isn’t a retitling and director change for the Planet of the Apes prequel. It is yet another change for major talent behind the camera on an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic War Monkeys. After going through a couple of potential directors since 2008, now David Ellis, who helmed the second and fourth films in the Final Destination series, will reportedly direct. Read More »

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Kevin Monroe to Direct El Zombo Fantasma

Kevin Munroe (TMNT) will write and direct an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic El Zombo Fantasma for Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment. Published in 2005, the film is being pitched as a “Latino Hellboy”. The story follows “the mysterious murder of the world’s most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries.” LatinoReview’s Kellvin Chavez and IESB’s Robert Santchez are among the film’s producers. It appears that Monroe will still produce Death Ray’s indie horror film War Monkeys, which he was originally attached to direct. You can read the full press release after the jump.

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Sammo Hung to Star in Kevin Monroe’s War Monkeys

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TMNT director Kevin Monroe has signed on to direct War Monkeys, and Sammo Hung is in talks to star for Dark Horse Indie. The sci-fi horror comedy tells the story of two slacker janitors who get trapped in an underground research facility (think Area 51) during the Christmas holiday, after accidentally unleashing military-trained research monkeys.

Monroe explained to Sci-Fi that it is “almost like a modern-day Abbott and Costello movie”, comparing the plot to Aliens and later saying that the screenplay is “sort of like if Tarantino wrote Gremlins“. What?! Munrow plans to shoot the film using a mix of live trained rhesus monkeys, puppets and some CG. Monroe tells THR, “Monkeys, guns, explosions. As a genre freak, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Sounds like it could either be a lot of fun or just plain stupid. The talent involved sounds much better than the idea itself. Monroe will start work on War Monkeys after he finishes Dead of Night, his big screen adaptation of the Italian comic-book series Dylan Dog, which stars Brandon Routh.

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