Dark Army movie

In September of 2019, word came out that Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig would be writing and directing Dark Army, a film which included original characters as well as characters from Universal’s roster of classic movie monsters. Now Feig has delivered an update about his Dark Army movie, in which he says he’s “so obsessed with making that movie” but reveals that the studio seems to think it’s too expensive.

In an interview with Collider, Feig got candid about the status of the project, painting the picture of a studio that may be getting cold feet about the current budget level while seemingly suggesting that they may be able to find a compromise if he employs techniques he’s learning now on a different film:

“Oh, Dark Army. I love that project so much. I think the studio thinks it’s a little too expensive, perhaps. God as my witness, I’m gonna make that movie. I’m so obsessed with making that movie. One of the many reasons why I was drawn to doing this current Netflix [movie] is that there’s a lot of stuff I can work out in it, as far as effects and all that, that I can bring to Dark Army. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. It’s one of my favorite lead characters I’ve ever come up with. So, fingers crossed that we will make it someday.”

The Netflix project he’s alluding to there is a fairytale fantasy called The School for Good and Evil, which sounds like it will require some serious visual effects work to bring to life. Feig intimates that he may be able to cut the costs of Dark Army by applying those visual or special effects skills, which reminds me of when Jon Favreau dipped his toe into effects with films like Elf and Zathura before stepping into a big, VFX-heavy project like Iron Man.

“What I love about monsters is they’re outsiders, it’s just the most extreme version of outsiders,” Feig said previously, and concentrating on outsiders has been something Feig has done for practically his entire career, whether it was with the geeks in the now-beloved Freaks and Geeks or Melissa McCarthy’s under-appreciated analyst character in Spy. About a year ago, he provided another brief update on Dark Army, stating that he was “not as interested in doing a horror movie as I am in doing a true monster film.” Color us intrigued.

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