Deadline is exclusively reporting that British sci-fi horror film Monsters, directorial feature debut from Gareth Edwards, is being adapted into a television series by Vertigo Films for UK broadcaster Channel 4.
The film, released in 2010, told the backstory of how NASA launched a probe to discover the possibility of alien life within our solar system, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, a new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an Infected Zone. The film focused on an American journalist, tasked with escorting his employer’s daughter back to the U.S by crossing the infected zone in Mexico.
The report states that Top Boy creator Ronan Bennett is set to act as showrunner for the series, whilst Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith will be writing the scripts. The series is currently in development with Channel 4, the producers are looking to secure a major U.S partner and is in talks with Netflix and Amazon. It’s believed that the big-budget drama will follow a similar route as it’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, which is set to launch on Amazon. The report also states that Gareth Edwards will likely be involved in some capacity behind the scenes, but only if the project is fully greenlit.
While I never did get to check out the 2015 sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, I did like the premise about these alien life forms thriving in the Infected Zone and slowly but surely being unable to contain them within Mexico alone. The original was a decent film but a series could open the scope of the story, pending on where the writers go with it.