Vertigo Films have been planning some kind of spin-off from Monsters pretty much since that film landed a couple-few years back. At first we didn't know if they were planning a sequel film, a TV series or possibly both because, as far as I could see, they hadn't quite made their mind up either. Then, at last year's Cannes, some firm details bobbed up.
At that point, the plan was for Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas to direct "a Heart of Darkness-style story" featuring a pair of brothers as the two lead roles, one of them going full-on Captain Kurtz in monster territory. We were promised a wider variety of CG aliens than in Garth Edwards' first installment, in typical sequel fashion. The budget was set at around $5 million, which doesn't sound like much but absolutely dwarfs the costs of part one.
But much of that seems to have changed.
Screen Daily (via Shock Til You Drop) are reporting that the film has been handed to new creatives, Jay Basu and Tom Green.
Basu co-wrote Fast Girls, which is currently in UK cinemas, so you can check out his credentials with a quick trip into town. Meanwhile, Green has directed several episodes of Misfits.
The film now has a subtitle – Dark Continent – which doesn't preclude it from having the same plot as last year, but doesn't confirm that the story is sticking, either.
Of course, this is all assuming that the two projects don't co-exist. Perhaps they do. And perhaps one of them is a TV show. There's nothing 100% clear in the original story. Hopefully Vertigo will announce something soon.