‘Monsters’ Sequel Begins Filming; ‘Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards Producing

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monsters sequel movie gareth edwards Monsters Sequel Begins Filming; Godzilla Director Gareth Edwards Producing

Monsters is a low-budget indie extraterrestrial invasion drama that put filmmaker Gareth Edwards’ name on the map, leading to him securing a job as director on the Hollywood Godzilla franchise reboot (which began principal photography this month).

Shooting has commenced on the followup to Edwards’ breakout project, which is going under the title Monsters: Dark Continent. Edwards never intended to write and/or direct either the sequel or any potential spinoffs, but is still executive producing the venture alongside producer-distributor Vertigo Films (which was also a backer on the original movie) and management/production company 42.

The personnel lineup has changed, since the last time we reported on the Monsters sequel nearly two years ago. Directing duties are no longer being handled by Jesse Atlas and Brent Bonacorso (the short “Now and Nowhere”), but have gone to first-time feature helmer Tom Green instead. Similarly, the script is written by Jay Basu – whose writing credits include the drama Song of Songs and found-footage movie The Dinosaur Project – and now reads as something other than a Heart of Darkness-esque story with aliens.

Rather, Screen Daily describes Monsters: Dark Continent as follows:

Infected Zones [where the 'Monsters' reside] have spread across the world. While US military try to wipe out the monsters, they soon realize they face resistance from a number of corners.

Early details about the sequel to Gareth Edwards Monsters Monsters Sequel Begins Filming; Godzilla Director Gareth Edwards Producing

Green is shooting the majority of Monsters: Dark Continent in Jordan (plus one week of filming in Detroit), working alongside a cast that includes Joe Dempsie (who plays Gendry on Game of Thrones), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) and Johnny Harris, a character actor who had small roles in films like Atonement, War Horse and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Here’s a statement from producer Allan Niblo on the sequel:

“Monsters: Dark Continent is a sci-fi action film that remains true to the artistry and intelligence of its prequel Monsters as well as providing the excitement, thrills and set pieces of a genre film. We’re very excited to see Tom Green’s vision unfold.”

Edwards’ original movie is a quiet human relationship drama, explored through the lens of a sci-fi invasion story. There’s enough material left untouched after the first movie to justify a more spectacle-heavy sequel – which should be welcome by those who liked the world Edwards envisioned, but not his filmmaking approach.

And yet… there are certain parallels that exist between Monsters: Dark Continent and The Last Exorcism Part II - such as the unknown filmmaking talent and lack of an obvious narrative direction to take - which lead me to worry about this being another instance where a simple and self-enclosed story might’ve been better left alone, rather that carried forward (even in an indirect manner, that is).

How does Monsters: Dark Continent sound to YOU? Let us know what you think in the comments section!


Source: Screen Daily

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  1. The first Monsters film was excellent and proved to be a very thoughtful allegory. I’m worried this sequel will lose that message and turn out to be nothing but horror thriller with no depth. Hope i’m wrong, but we’ll see.

  2. I love Monsters as well, but just like Tyler I’m worried that it won’t be able to recapture the elements that made Monsters so special. Spectacle is definitely the last thing I wanna see in a sequel. It’s not that kind of movie, and shouldn’t be.

    Another problem: considering that the very beginning of Monsters is actually the end of the story, with the attack on the military convoy that Samantha and Andrew are part of by then, one or both of them might not have survived to be in a sequel.

    • Guys I’m at a loss, Monsters got praised through the roof by most British film magazines and critics, e.g Empire gave it 5 out of 5, however when I watched it I found it hugely overrated and extremely boring, some good cinematography but that was it.
      I wasn’t expecting some dumb over the top monster action movie either, so thats not why I was disappointed. The two lead characters were so mundane and unappealing, didn’t care for either one of them, and the ending left a lot to be desired, very very anti-climatic.

      Anyway, that’s my opinion, maybe I need to watch it again.

      • I don’t know, the movie just clicked with me for some reason. I really like the somewhat melancholy road movie atmosphere and that the alien infestion is only a sideshow. It made it feel more real. I loved the cinematography and the music as well.

        • I found the film to be very flat mainly becauase the lead performances were awful imo. I was tho very impressed with its excecution based on its budget

        • Seems to be a very divisive film. Either you loved it, or you found it very boring.

          The sequel can go one of two ways: Either continue the same style as the first to please the fans of the original, or make it a little less boring and please those who were fans of what the film could have been. I hope they can find a middle ground that can please both.

      • This was one of the worst films I’ve ever bought on DVD without seeing before hand. The characters were soooo boring.

  3. I was excited about the first film as a smart take on the genre and not just an in-your-face survival/invasion story with lots of shooting and killing, but it turned out to be very boring/disappointing and didn’t really go anywhere.

    With the anti-climactic ending of the first, I’m hoping that the second will actually take it somewhere and not be so underwhelming.

    • 100% agree with you

  4. Cool! I can’t wait to see it!!!

  5. Haven’t had chance to see it yet (hasn’t been on TV either yet which is weird) so no clue what to think of this but if they’re treating Monsters as a prequel then I guess it could work.

    I just shake my head at the whole “US military” thing because once again, it feels like the US is the only country in the world with a military force according to Hollywood and I guess it’d be better to have a more European-centric movie too because I’m tired of this whole “America saves the world” type of movie now.

    • You can catch it on Netflix….