Gareth Edwards’ 2010 indie hit Monsters is getting the sequel treatment. Edwards will executive produce the picture, but Tom Green (no, not that Tom Green) is taking over the reigns on Monsters: Dark Continent. Jay Basu handled the writing duties, and today brings an in depth description of the story that script contains.
Here’s the movie’s first official synopsis via Shock Til You Drop:
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.
You can’t be blamed when your mind immediately imagines this as Apocalypse Now with actual monsters in place of their human counterparts. That’s exactly what this synopsis sounds like to me. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact it sounds very promising if done right. Odds are Dark Continent will turn out more of a standard monster movie—which Monsters most certainly wasn’t—but for the time being can’t you just picture Heart of Darkness style journey into the blackest recesses of a man’s soul?
Expect Monsters: Dark Continent sometime in 2013.