Released back in 2010, Gareth Edwards’ Monsters is one of the finest indie films and one of the finest British films we’ve seen in years. Revolving around a cast of two, and with a film crew made up of four or five, the film took the monster genre in a new direction and made very good on its modest budget grossing $4m. worldwide.
Early last year, Vertigo Films announced that they would be developing a sequel without Edwards returning – he’ll instead be helming the upcoming Godzilla reboot, along with an intriguing sci-fi epic of his own – and last month we heard that Misfits director, Tom Green, would be behind the camera for the return to the Monsters universe.
Jay Basu (Fast Girls) was also announced as the new writer for the script, and now the first official synopsis has been released, and it sounds pretty awesome:
“Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won.
Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill.
The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.”
When the idea of it revolving around brothers was first announced last year, I was a bit sceptical – the romance of the first film really struck a chord and was part of what made the film so good.
But this synopsis definitely has a lot of promise. There’s still no word on when we can look forward to seeing the film, but it sounds like Vertigo have been taking their time with it, which is very promising as well, in itself. It will be interesting to see if Green takes the same approach to shooting the film as Edwards, and taking half a dozen people in a van along with his cast, DIY-style. Either way, the anticipation is running on high.