Well, this is some interesting news. According to Screen Daily UK producer-distributor Vertigo Films is ramping up the sequel for Gareth Edwards’ Monsters. They’ve already signed on a pair of directors and provided a brief description of what we can expect.
Here’s the lowdown: Monsters 2 will be directed by emerging hotshots Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas with original director Gareth Edwards serving as executive producer alongside actor Scoot McNairy and Vertigo’s Rupert Preston. Vertigo’s Allan Niblo and James Richardson have also brought in Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken from Between the Eyes as producers.
This story will continue by introducing a teacher living in a protected walled city, who has to go into the infected zone to find his long-lost brother, a former military man who is now a Col. Kurtz-esque figure. Niblo promises “lots more creatures” than the original.
No cast is attached yet, but Niblo confirms there is “quite a lot of interest.”
Vertigo told Screen that the project could shoot (for six weeks) in Argentina or the Dominican Republic.
Niblo assures fans that the sequel won’t betray the spirit of the original: “We wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t find the right talent [in the two new directors]. Gareth loves their vision. People want to see more of this world.”
The film will be delivered at the end of 2012. Ingenious is also financing with Vertigo.
The budget will be bigger than Monsters but still under $5m with Preston noting that like the original the sequel would deliver “massive bang for its buck.”
Meanwhile, Monsters actor Scoot McNairy stars in another Vertigo production, a camping thriller called A Night in the Woods (read more about that here), directed by Richard Parry. The film shot under the radar in Dartmoor and is in the final stages of post for an autumn release.
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