The majority of comic book adaptations involve superheroes and gritty drama. There’s not a lot of faith put into some of the more esoteric series whose mainstream appeal is questionable. Luckily, gigantic monsters are “in,” and high on my radar is Machinima’s next foray into original programming with their web series Enormous. Adapted from the former Image Comics title by writer Tim Daniel and illustrator Mehdi Cheggour, we now have our first look at the 10-minute pilot via this teaser. While it doesn’t exactly bowl you over with thrills, I’m remaining positive that something larger than life will come from this.
Let’s talk about the talent behind the scenes to justify why I think this gigantic foot and cast of dumbfounded faces could light up the Internet when the pilot premieres on March 20. Not only is the comic (which is set to continue its run on Fifth World Studios at some point in the future) an exciting piece of large-scale action, but the script was co-written by BenDavid Grabinski, who also directed, and André Øvredal, the director of the awesome 2010 fantasy horror Troll Hunter. Exciting stuff. Plus, it’s being produced by Adrian Askarieh, responsible for Hitman and its upcoming reboot Agent 47, along with a Deus Ex adaptation. Add in Machinima’s recent funding boost from Warner Bros., and we have what will hopefully be a well-told mini-story that isn’t hampered by the lowered expectations that the description “web series” provokes.
So what’s Enormous about? You won’t be surprised to find out it takes place after an apocalypse has left much of the world’s population dead, and giant monsters now roam the planet. While The Walking Dead seems like an easy comparison, picture bigger action pieces with a more noticeable sense of humor. Ceren Lee stars as a UN employee who is trying to round up missing children to protect them from all the big-ass creatures wandering around causing a ruckus. It also stars Erica Gimpel, Steve Brand, Garret Coffey, Billy Miller, and Charles Melton.
No, Enormous wont’ be as stunning as Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla or Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, but if it even comes close to being as good as 10 minutes of either of those movies, I’ll consider it a success. Take a look at the premiere’s poster below, followed by a couple of the more horrendous looking beasts the comic has to offer.