A Blink-182 Member Is Making A Film About UFOs
Blink-182's Tom DeLonge is directing the upcoming sci-fi adventure flick Monsters of California.
According to Deadline, Screen Media has acquired the rights to Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge directorial debut, Monsters of California. The upcoming sci-fi adventure will reportedly have songs from Blink-182’s famous lead singer and guitarist. The film will be released in North America, and Screen Media’s Foresight Unlimited division will handle its international sales.
Monsters of California is co-written by Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge and Ian Miller. DeLonge’s To the Stars Media and Stan Spry and Eric Scott Woods of Cartel Pictures will produce the project. Monsters of California stars Zodiac’s Jack Samson, Free Guy’s Camille Kostek, and The Watcher’s Richard Kind. According to Deadline, the project centers on a teenager named Dallas Edwards and his friends who go on a quest to uncover the meaning behind paranormal events in Southern California.
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge also recently announced his return to the band and an upcoming new album and world tour. In a statement sent out Monday, October 31, 2022, DeLonge thanked Screen Media for allowing him to “create a coming-of-age adventure that will give the entire family a thrill that they won’t ever forget.”
EVP Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions of Screen Media Seth Needle spoke about Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge involvement in the project and stated that the team was “excited” to bring his film out to the public. He also referenced the “global interest around UFOs” and said the timing of DeLonge’s movie worked out for the best. He ended his statement by saying, “When you see Monsters of California you, too, will be sure ‘Aliens Exist!’”
It’s true that Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge may be tapping into people’s growing interest in UFOs. Not too long ago, additional UFO footage confirmed by the United States Navy brought the conversation about there being life among us back to the forefront. Congress also suggested that UFOs could be a viable threat to our world.
We’ll see if Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge can add more to the conversation with Monsters of California. So far, the project is giving off J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 vibes. DeLonge even referenced everyone’s love for Amblin Films, which were an inspiration for Abrams’ 2011 sci-fi film.
The release of Monsters of California can’t come at a better time for Blink-182 and Tom DeLonge. The band’s drummer Travis Barker was rushed to the hospital over the summer after suffering pancreatitis. There was a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the band and its future with Barker after he was hospitalized.
Barker was released from the hospital on July 4th and celebrated the holiday with his family. Blink-182 later announced a reunion tour for 2023 featuring Barker and Tom DeLonge. It was also announced that the band would release a comeback single called “Edging.”
Blink-182 began with Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus in 1992. They released their debut album, Cheshire Cat, in 1995 and followed it up with 1997’s Dude Ranch. Original drummer Scott Raynor was dismissed from the band a year after the release of their sophomore album. Barker became involved with Blink-182 during the recording of the band’s 1999 album Enema of the State. Their first No.1 album was 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.