Gareth Edwards’ 2010 directorial debut Monsters turned a lot of heads with its clever use of CG to create a fairly low-budget monster movie. Not only did it lead to Edwards directing Godzilla for Legendary Pictures and Rogue One for Lucasfilm, but it also led to the 2014 sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.
The film’s distributor Vertigo Films is now developing MONSTERS into a television series for Channel 4 with Edwards involved in some capacity that’s to be determined.
Edwards’ original film, which was released by Magnet Releasing in the United States, starred Scott McNairy as a photojournalist traveling through a monster-infested Mexico with his daughter (Whitney Able) trying to get back to the U.S. border.
The new series will have Top Boy creator Ronan Bennett as its showrunner with Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith from the Channel 4 mini Run doing the writing. Channel 4’s head of international drama Simon Maxwell and the producers are in talks with U.S. networks like Netflix and Amazon to establish a broadcast/streaming partner. This would be similar to how they’re releasing the Philip K. Dick series Electric Dreams, and the sci-fi thriller Humans.
Vertigo Films continues its in-roads into television following the period drama Britannia for Sky and Amazon and the buddy cop drama Bulletproof also for Sky.
Repped by CAA, Grandview and Sayle Screen, writers Duncan and Smith wrote the Olivia Colman drama Run for Channel 4 and recently sold the original sci-fi pitch Red Star to Warner Bros., as well as the samurai drama Shadow Warrior to Paramount. They’re also writing The Man Who Fell To Earth, which isn’t a remake of the David Bowie film, but actually an international drama about plane-jumping for Left Bank Pictures (The Crownʼ).
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor