Writer/director Andre Ovredal earned a nice bit of buzz a couple years back with his found-footage tale, Trollhunter. (As you might imagine, it’s about a guy who hunts trolls.) For his next project, it sounds like Ovredal is staying within his wheelhouse. He’s working on a multi-media adaptation of the comic series Enormous, which is about, among other things, a bunch of really big (one might even say “enormous”) monsters who begin stomping around and ruining mankind’s good time.
Enormous is the creation of writer Tim Daniel and artist Medhi Cheggour, and was published earlier this year by Image Comics. The graphic novel is set in a world where civilization has taken one on the chin thanks to gigantic, rampaging monsters created by “an ecological event.” The graphic novel is focused on the story of a woman who tries to rescue children orphaned or displaced by all the giant-freakin-monster nonsense. It’s not clear if this specific story will be used or if they’re just using the core concept of monsters run amok.
Ovredal and producer Askarieh have big plans (ahem) for the property. The Hollywood Reporter says they will be using Enormous as a launching pad to create a web series, a TV show, and a feature film. That’s a bold plan of attack, so they must be pretty confident that the property has a lot of potential. THR says they’re aiming for something in the vein of Cloverfield or The Walking Dead, “focusing on strong characters and complicated relationships with the monsters as the background.” If they do it right, it could be sort of a ground-level version of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim.
In the meantime, Enormous will also be expanding within the world of comics. It’s shifting to a new publisher, 21 Ink Publishing, and launching a new series sometime in 2013.
You can watch Ovredal’s Trollhunter on Netflix right here.