'Monsters' Sequel 'The Dark Continent' Moves Forward With 'Misfits' Director Tom Green

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by Oliver Lyttelton
June 18, 2012 9:04 AM
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One of the big successes of the 2010 indie world was "Monsters," the ultra-low budget sci-fi picture which became a sensation after it premiered at SXSW. Made on a miniscule budget, with hugely impressive effects created on an off-the-shelf computer, it followed two Americans trying to travel across an area of Central America devestated by huge alien creatures. It was an off-beat, original take on the genre, and marked the arrival of some major new talents -- and indeed, helmer Gareth Edwards was picked out to direct a new reboot of "Godzilla," which remains in development, while star Scoot McNairy has gone on to major roles in "Killing Them Softly," "Argo" and "Twelve Years A Slave."

The film wasn't a huge crossover hit (we'd argue that it got a rather botched release stateside), but made some impressive coin internationally and on home video, and as such, talk of a sequel has been going on even before the film arrived in theaters. While Edwards has expressed little interest in returning, he's on board to executive produce, and last year, short film helmers Brent Bonacarso and Jesse Atlas were announced as directors. Word's been quiet since then, but it seems that there's been a bit of change in personnel, with two fast-rising talents coming on board.

Screen Daily have announced their latest annual line-up of Stars of Tomorrow, and in the process have checked in on some of their picks from last year, including names like John Boyega, Douglas Booth and MyAnna Buring. Also among them was screenwriter Jay Basu, who has a new take on "Merlin" in development at Working Title Films, and who co-wrote the script for sports drama "Fast Girls," which just hit U.K cinemas this past weekend. And it would seem according to Screen that he's now been brought on board to tackle the "Monsters" sequel, which now has the title "Monsters: The Dark Continent." 

And there's a new director to go with him. Bonacarso and Atlas seem to have have fallen off, and Tom Green (not that one) has come on board to replace them. Green's been on our radar for a while now, since his outstanding student film "Brixton 85," and has gone on to serious success as one of the major directors on cult British superhero drama "Misfits." He's come close to a feature debut a few times now -- he was linked to the Stone Roses movie "Spike Island" for a while, before Mat Whitecross replaced him, and he's also attached to a low-budget crime thriller called "Grass" at Focus Features. But he seems to be firmly in place on the "Monsters" follow-up, and we have to say he's a great choice, someone more committed to story and character than simply being a visual effects whiz.

As far as we can tell, there's no firm start date on the project, so we wouldn't go counting all your chickens before they hatch. But backers Vertigo Films could easily have turned this into a quickie sequel, and that they're taking their time on it, and that they've hired some impressive young talent to make it, gives reason for optimism that this could be more than just your average sequel. More news as it comes in on this one.

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3 Comments

  • jingmei | June 18, 2012 9:08 PMReply

    Usually not anticipate highly for some sequel of such stuff. By the way Scoot McNairy married his partner in Monsters.

  • Zinjo | June 18, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    If I ever accept free tickets to this film or it's sequel, I be sure to bring a soft pillow and warm sleeping bag! Only the Europeans and the film fest crowds could appreciate this celebration of mediocre mundanity! A quick synopsis for those who missed it. They walk, they walk, they ride, they drive, oh look out some unseen stuff happening through dirty windows, woooo scarry!!
    They are walking some more, all the while whining and looking all scared and nervous. The grand finale, A GAS STATION with squids gettin busy in the parking lot. THE END!
    Now don't you wish you would have seen it? Yeah, me neither!
    It's pretty hard to justify the loss of two precious hours of your life to yourself, compound that with an invited guest and now it's awkward. Fortunately no money exchanged hands, so I at least have that.

  • Ragnar | June 18, 2012 9:24 AMReply

    Monsters already has a stand alone sequel "Re-Entry" https://www.facebook.com/reentrythemovie
    Independent sequel for a independent first movie.

    I guess this is more like a direct sequel with all new cast but which follows what happened next to the world not the characters.

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