Warner Bros. appears to be coming out on top of the bidding war that broke out last week over the rights to the MONSTERPOCALYPSE adaptation. Based on the board game of the same name, the ‘monster’ package includes Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez, who is attached to co-write and direct.
The board game pits several monsters against one another to destroy cities before the others can get to them. The project was previously set up at Dreamworks back in 2010, where Tim Burton was attached to direct a script from Big Fish scribe John August. Following Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which shares similar story elements, the project stalled.
Last week, however, a bidding war erupted over the rights to the property, with Dreamworks looking to take back the project before Sony also jumped into the fray. But looks like Warner Bros. will win this one, which will see Alvarez pen a new iteration of the story with his writing partner Rodo Sayagues.
Alvarez, who is also in development with an adaptation of Dante’s Inferno at Universal, will see his latest project, Don’t Breathe, released later this year.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor