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Development: Monument Valley coming to the big screen, Inherit the Earth gets new director and writer, Freeform's Siren sets return

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Aug 22, 2018

Another video game is getting the movie treatment, the Zombies vs. Robots film adaptation (aka Inherit the Earth) finds a new director and writer and Freeform prepares to turn on Siren again. Just another day in development land!

The video game Monument Valley is jumping to theaters with a live-action/CG hybrid film. According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Weed Road Pictures have tapped Patrick Osborne to develop the movie, based on the popular Ustwo Games puzzle.

Released in 2014, Monument Valley (pictured above) features a princess named Ida who jumps through a twisty, surreal landscape that Utswo says was "inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, Japanese prints and minimalist 3D design." The game famously (or perhaps now infamously) appeared in House of Cards, where President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) was seen playing it on his tablet.

According to Deadline, "the film will send contemporary live-action characters into the game’s extraordinary, mind-bending world." Osborne is a two-time Academy Award nominee in the Best Animated Short Film category, taking home the Oscar in 2015 for Feast, a Disney film about a perpetually hungry Boston Terrier. He is currently directing the animated adaptation of Noelle Stevenson's fantasy graphic novel Nimona, which is due in 2020.


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Zombies vs. Robots graphic novel. Courtesy IDW Publishing

Husband and wife team Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Weber have inherited the directing and screenplay duties, respectively, for Inherit the Earth, according to Variety. The couple replace Mike Flanagan, who Sony had previously hired to helm and write the long-in-development project.

The studio has had the rights to the film, based on IDW's Zombies vs. Robots graphic novel (created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood), since 2011. The comic book plot featured a young girl, the last survivor of an apocalypse, who is aided by robots against intelligent zombies. "The project is described by insiders as being in very early stages, so it is unlikely to get a greenlight any time soon," per Variety. "It’s also unclear if the plot outlines will change dramatically."

Mundruczó is a Hungarian director of short films, including the refugee drama Jupiter's Moon, which Weber also wrote.


January signals the return of Siren. Freeform announced today via Twitter that the dark fantasy series will return in January for its second season. A specific date isn't revealed, but the teaser clip promises that "more mermaids are coming."

In the first season, mysterious mermaids surface in the (fictional) fishing town of Bristol Cove, which is soon turned upside down by a mythological population surge. The series is based on the story The Deep by Eric Wald and Dean White, who are executive producers on the show.

The network renewed the series for 16 more episodes back in May. And SYFY WIRE caught up with the cast at San Diego Comic-Con last month for a tease of what's in store for next year. Check out the video here.

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