If you haven’t seen the 2010 film Monsters, it’s well worth your while. Essentially a twisted sort of road trip movie, it follows a journalist ordered to escort his his wealthy employer’s daughter out of Mexico and to the United States border. There’s just one problem, and that would be the monsters. The movie is set six years after a NASA deep-space probe crashed back to Earth, carrying alien life that has since evolved and adapted, leaving a large portion of northern Mexico under quarantine. It was a cool, small-budget flick that capped things off with some really cool creature design, and it gave writer/director Gareth Edwards the industry cred to get the job helming the Godzilla reboot. While he’s busy with the Big Green Guy, the franchise is continuing without him in Monsters: The Dark Continent, which will apparently be “more of a war movie.”
Speaking to Metro, actor Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) claimed that the sequel will be more of a war movie than the first film. “It’s set a few years after the first movie. Monsters have been eradicated from the U.S. but not from other parts of the world … It’s a metaphor for the U.S.’s relationship with the Middle East.” Hopefully the script won’t be too on the nose with that metaphor. Here’s the first official synopsis for the sequel:
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.
With Edwards having moved on to Godzilla, The Dark Continent is instead under the guidance of a chap named Tom Green (not that one), whose resume is pretty sparse at this point. He has primarily directed several episodes of the British kids-with-powers show Misfits. Hey, if he does well with this one maybe he’ll get to direct a reboot of Mecha-Godzilla.
Monsters: The Dark Continent is currently filming in Jordan. There’s no official release date as of yet. In the mean time, you can check out the trailer for Monsters below, or watch the full film on Netflix Instant.