“Monsters” was a little-seen independent sci-fi thriller from 2010 that received a lot of attention from critics and geeks alike. It somehow managed to transcend its ultra low-budget roots to present a compelling, convincing world in which extraterrestrial life had overrun parts of America. It’s an textbook case of how to use character, storytelling and restraint to build tension.
Which is why I was so pleased when I found out its getting a sequel. ShockTillYouDrop.com scooped the news that “Monsters: Dark Continent” is officially moving forward. Then I found out original writer/director Gareth Edwards is not leading this sequel. He will only serve as executive producer, while the directorial duties will be handled by Tom Green (no, not that comedian guy). The script will be written by Jay Basu. Nope, never heard of him either. Still, no one had ever heard of Edwards til he broke out with “Monsters”. So who knows, this might be worthwhile.
In any case, an official synopsis has just been released, and it goes like this:
“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.”
“Monsters: Dark Continent” is expected to premiere sometime in 2013.