Gareth Edwards' indie sci-fi hit Monsters being adapted as TV series

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Jan 12, 2018

Before he was rebooting Godzilla and making Star Wars movies, Gareth Edwards was an aspiring filmmaker just trying to break into Hollywood. He did just that with the insanely low-budget 2010 indie film Monsters — and now his OG franchise is coming to the small screen.

Deadline reports Monsters, which focused on survivors tying to make their way across a near-future world that has been partially infected by aliens, will be turned into a television series for UK network Channel 4. The project is being handled by Vertigo Films with Ronan Bennett (HBO’s Gunpowder, Public Enemies) attached as showrunner. Edwards is reported to be involved behind the scenes, though his exact role has yet to defined.

No U.S. streaming service has been attached as of yet, but the studio is apparently shopping the project to services like Netflix and Amazon in hopes of finding a Statewide partner to turn Monsters into a co-production.

Edwards created Monsters for less than $500,000, which is almost certainly less than the catering budget for what was spent a few years later when he made Rogue One. Monsters would go on to make more than $14 million at the box office, along with a good bit once it hit VOD and DVD.

Edwards handled the visual effects work himself with off-the-shelf software, working tirelessly for months to bring the world of Monsters to life. The story was essentially set years after parts of Mexico had been infected by aliens and quarantined, and told a small story about a man escorting his bosses daughter through a dangerous area.

The original actually spawned a sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, in 2014. It was mostly handled by a different creative team, though Edwards and original star Scoot McNairy did get a producing credit. The sequel was set 10 years after the first movie and billed itself as more of a sci-fi war film. Critics panned it and Dark Continent failed to capture the same success as the original, bringing in a mere $228,000 at the box office.

No word yet on exactly where the TV series will fall on the spectrum, but considering how poorly Dark Continent was received, it stands to reason we’ll see something more akin to Edwards’ 2010 original.

(Via Deadline)