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Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer Brings A Ton Of Giant Creatures To The Party

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Gareth Edward’s low-budget 2010 creature feature Monsters may be an uneven movie—there are hints of greatness, but there are problems to be sure—but it certainly had a huge impact. Not only did it land the first time director/editor/writer/special effects guy the gig directing the Godzilla reboot that stomped through theaters earlier this summer (and a subsequent job directing one of the new standalone Star Wars movies), it also spawned a sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, which is here with this new trailer to check out.

Immediately, you notice that this is a very different movie from Monsters, just in terms of scope and scale. The first film is little more than two characters walking through the jungle, trying not to encounter any massive space beasts in the quarantined “Infected Zone.” You rarely, if ever, get to see the world beyond, or even the titular monsters. Here, however, they’re all over the place, you go to different places, and even see things in space to a degree. And in this two-minute video there’s already more monster action than in almost all of the first film, at least up until the very end.

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Monsters 2: The Dark Continent Will Be More Of A War Movie

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MonstersIf 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.

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Monsters Sequel Has A New Director

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One of 2010’s indie darlings was Gareth Edwards’ first feature film, Monsters. A micro budget indie, it followed a young American pair traveling through a Mexican wasteland back to the United States after an alien invasion. The effects were astounding considering Edwards did them all on his consumer based laptop. The story and characters on the other hand left something to the imagination. But the film gained a cult following and support after its US premiere at SXSW in 2010.

The Playlist is reporting that a sequel has been in development since before the film’s release in the States and that follow-up now has a new director at the helm. The sequel, Monsters: The Dark Continent will be directed by Tom Green (not the Freddie Got Fingered guy). Green has directed many episodes of the UK’s cult series, Misfits, a show about a small group of juvenile delinquents with super powers. Gareth Edwards will return to Executive Produce the sequel but will not return to write or direct. Instead he will be at the helm of the new Godzilla reboot for Legendary Pictures. Screenwriter Jay Basu looks to pen the script for Monsters: The Dark Continent. Basu is currently developing a Merlin project for Working Title Films and has written the upcoming film, Fast Girls.