Is A MONSTERS Sequel On The Way??
One of last year's wonderful little film treasures - one that has remained widely unseen by many folks to date - was MONSTERS, from writer/director Gareth Edwards. It's highly atmospheric, offers a surprising sense of scale considering its extremely low budget, and is far more character driven than one might expect for a film of its ilk. It is, simply, the tale of two people trying to make their way out of region that has been locked down/quarantined in the slipstream of dangerous extraterrestrial presence.
DreadCentral spoke with Edwards about the movie, which looks like it may soon be sequelized - without Edwards' involvement. He is, however, refreshingly gracious about the notion.
Now that Monsters has made its way to DVD and Blu-ray, Edwards weighed in on the future of the world he created. “Vertigo owns the rights to Monsters, and I know they’re keen to move forward with another Monsters-related project very soon. I’m not sure how involved I can be right now, and I don’t think my next film really should be a sequel just yet. I’d like to do something else first, but I would definitely be open to returning at some point.
“But I do think whoever Vertigo ends up hiring will do a great job because they really know what they’re doing there. For me, if they hire someone to direct another Monsters movie, the last thing they need is for me to be hanging around, telling people how the movie should be. Whoever comes in should definitely be given free rein to put their own spin on this world, and I know they’ll get the right person,” Edwards added.
If you haven't seen MONSTERS yet, consider checking it out via Netflix - of Blu-Rays can be had HERE (the HD version I watched a few months back via XBOX Live looked really nice - I'm guessing the Blu-Ray would as well).
Check out more of DC's interesting discussion with Edwards HERE, where he also offers a vote of confidence of the still-in-development GODZILLA movie he was recently brought in to direct.
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Feb. 8, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST
I wasn't a huge fan of the movie. It didn't know what it wanted to be.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
I like the concept.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
The movie needs to show why these 'monsters' are threatening. They didn't seem to attack people unless they were in the way. In fact, the monsters seem to be roaming around the place and giving high fives to each other at gas stations!
This was a great movie !
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST
by Joe Nica
Is Ferris Bueller in this?
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST
...when it wasn't fucking playing anywhere. WHAT HORRIBLE PEOPLE MOVIEGOERS ARE THAT THEY WON'T FLY TO NEW YORK TO WATCH THESE GOOD MOVIES.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST
I had high hopes for this one but was left a bit deflated by the whole experience. Lets hope Godzilla will be better. I would have preferred a Michel Bay version to be honest.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST
I would recommend watching Monsters as a double bill alongside 'South of the Border'. Oh, and Fuck America.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST
It was a college-style film with good effects. A nothing plot, flat actors/acting, and an over-reaching twist at the end.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST
by birdy birdman
innervating even our most sacred genres now, fuck you duplass bros and what ye hath wrought. my experience with this and baghead after getting jazzed by the write ups on AICN were akin to that of hanging out with a hot girl who didn't put out. i smell a straight to video steamer.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST
MONSTERS is, at most, a travelogue with moments of tension that never lead to anything. I give the guy major props for developing a movie that looks and feels like a blockbuster and (especially) the great effects work he did with the infected areas, but the lack of conflict (physical or emotional) in the film shows.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST
Sure, there's nothing truly original nowadays, but this road movie plus monsters mashup only impressed me in the scenes of destruction done all via effect. The two main characters...I could care less what happened to them..which is unfortunate, since they're our surrogates.
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST
I thought this was a brilliantly acted, directed movie. Can't wait for a sequal
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST
I am hoping that his version of Godzilla is not the story of two survivors making their way through a destroyed Kyoto, with only glimpses of the big guy, a la Cloverfield...
Feb. 8, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST
Just saw Troll Hunter and it reminded me of a better version of Monsters .
Feb. 8, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST
don't bother wasting your time on this movie. Way boring and an awful ending. I didn't notice any character development.<br> <br> Trust me on this one -- don't waste your time. <br>
Feb. 8, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST
by Japan Flix
I'm looking forward to seeing the first one!
Feb. 8, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST
Sounds like the director doesn't care about his film either. He did what he needed to do to get noticed. The film was his REEL of talents. It is what it is.
Feb. 8, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST
"The movie needs to show why these 'monsters' are threatening. They didn't seem to attack people unless they were in the way. In fact, the monsters seem to be roaming around the place and giving high fives to each other at gas stations!" The point of the story was to get the viewer to question who the 'monsters' really were, the creatures, or the inhumans reacting to them.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST
You ever see that one where the thing living in the girl's closet in the boarding house kills her, but then turns out to be the house owner's pet all along? Scared the *#$& out of me. Or was that Tales From The Darkside? There was another one with something stuck behind a mine's wall that I know fer sure was Monsters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFcku3jSph8
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST
that said they clicked on this because they thought this was about Monsters INC. this leads me to the thought that always runs through my mind! where is the sequel for that and the incridiables? I dont want another car movie! UGH
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST
http://s3.hubimg.com/u/4513358_f520.jpg /\ This one is my fav of all the ones I have seen while scouring the net. I love it, the scales are splinter like pieces of shale tearing out of his body. He reminds me of that human tree guy. With a design like this his body would rake and scrape and slash things as he moved against them- like buildings. Hope this is were they hope to go with the final design. Also sorta wish they would call the film "Gojira" or "Gozira" or "Guzira" and not Godzilla.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST
According to Netflix it will be available for streaming on March 3rd. I also clicked on the link thinking it was Monsters Inc.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST
Like 28 Weeks Later or Aliens. Military guys gunning down giant squids. If that's the case, I'm not interested.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST
Nice to hear the director of the original be positive about the upcoming sequel by another director. Also personally Monsters was one of my favourite films of last year. I still think it's amazing what Gareth Edwards did with so little money. I also love that when I recommend the film to people and they inevitably ask me what's it like, I get to answer: It's like Lost in Translation....with Monsters.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST
I bought the 2-disc edition and have been enjoying the extra features a lot. I thought it was fascinating that they often shot spontaneously and unscripted. The acting and the scenery blend well with the great special effects.
Feb. 8, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST
And I finally realized it was the crappy movie I downloaded on my X-Box or PS3 a few months ago... or was it U-Verse? Either form of download... SUCKED! The look of the movie was cool... but the actors... the story... it just did nothing for me. I was very disappointed with my download... and waste of money.
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST
am I right?? am I right??
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST
I get it, but it was shit for what it was supposed to be. I agree with whoever said don't waste your time. This is the worst I have seen in the past 6 months
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST
it´s PIXAR, so it´s alright! (Bunch of dunces...)
Feb. 8, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST
Monsters Inc 2 is coming.
Is that proper use of the word "ilk"?
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST
Here's a few cool Godzilla concept pieces: http://tinyurl.com/4877s8a http://tinyurl.com/4cn7z8x
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST
Holy shit, that is a fucking badass looking Godzilla...
@kesoze4 : That first one was Tales from the Darkside. One of the best ones. Remember how it had a closet in the closet with little dresses? That was creepy stuff, man. And that opening theme scared the piss out of me. Every damn time.
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST
Disinterested with actual story.
Feb. 8, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST
Monsters was one of the worst movies since wolverine and catwoman, an absolute bag of shite, Im all for movies being alot different than youd expect but I expected good and got rancid camel shit with a twist of curried wet farts! I would rather watch all Uwe Bolls catologue than another minute of this overrated push filled ball bag. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I hated it!
Feb. 8, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
I wasn't waiting for the cool looking monsters, because I could watch the prettiest girl I've seen in a movie in the last few years.
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST
I guess I shouldn't have expected an exciting, "District 9" kind of film. Now, I thought the special effects of the octopus creatures were ok, but the story and characters were boring as fuck. Very disappointed. If the low-budget was the reason why things were lacking and not because Gareth can't write\direct an entertaining film, then Ill be more optimistic about "Godzilla". I read what Gareth said about how to approach making the "right" Godzilla film and I feel a little better, but I sure as hell don't see what Legendary saw, after seeing Monsters. I guess we will see, when Gareth deals with a big budget and the "King of the Monsters". I've always wanted a big budget Godzilla remake to be a true remake of the original 1954 film... A realistic-looking, Toho-designed Godzilla, causing mass destruction in 1950's Japan.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST
I think moving the focus away from the adults and placing it a group of kids would be interesting. Some of the Godzilla films did star kids. The only real "Holy Shit!" Godzilla like moment I had in my childhood. Would be the day the Challenger blew up. Everyone was watching it on the TV at my school in the library because of Christa McAuliffe- made into a member of the crew for the "First Teacher in Space" project- Nasa planned to broadcast a series of science experiments with her to classrooms around the world from the Challenger. School was changed into a half day to celebrate the challengers launch event. It was so messed up, and it is a very memorable moment in my life. We were told to file into a line outside of the classroom we were brought into the library to watch this launch event live on TV. The shuttle took of. Everyone started clapping, a minute or so passed and then Booooooom! The teachers started crying first. The TV was shut off we we brought back to our homerooms, we collected our stuff to prepare for the bus. The principle declared a moment of silence and prayer over the pa. Some kids parents came to take them home. Knowing full well what their kids witnessed. As for the rest of us, well the teachers took us out to our buses and we went home. It was a very screwed up day. Now imagine some sort of event like that broadcast around the world. I always pictured a decent Godzilla remake starting off with a large 8 mile long object being found under the ocean floor. The group who found it could be an oil company looking for a drill site or an aquatic research team. Uranium dating a piece the object proves it to be older than the earth. It also contains unknown elements. It is believed at this point to be an impact event meteor. Possible the one that killed off the dinosaurs and started the ice age. Plans are made to clear some of the surrounded ocean floor from the object so it can be studied in greater detail. Special submarines are used to drill holes around the oceans floor encasing the far east end portion of the object. Explosives are placed into these holes. Believing the object to be completely solid was a mistake. The impact from the charges break off large pieces of the object. The dense portion of the object is only a shell. It has a core of ice in the center and there appears to be something contained inside this ice. The ice itself doesn't make sense. Samples are gathered and tested. It appears to be a molecular substance that remains in a crystalline state, but exposure to salt water is breaking its molecular bond. You know what that means.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST
8 miles is frigging tall as hell, but who says the creature inside has to be nearly as big as the object it came in.
Feb. 8, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST
One of the quotes praising the film is from AICN. We're caught up in the middle of a double-reacharound.
Feb. 8, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST
I've made so many films, so fucking many films
Feb. 8, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST
You are fucking kidding yourself, just fucking joshing yourself right into some unreality fella
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST
The 1st movie was so damn boring. I don't care if it was made for next to nothing. Boring is boring! I certainly won't be seeing the sequel, and if any of you had any sense, you wouldn't either!!
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST
District 9 + Cloverfield - Plot - Action - Good Actors - Cool Monsters - Great Effects - Fun = Monsters!!
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST
This is a waste of time the "movie" sucks its written buy some one out of a 3 hour class DONT SEE THIS CRAPPPPPPP the woman is geting maried and she goes to a contry THATS CUARENTINED she can dieeeeeee cus alien octopuses are just walking around and yeaaaaa HONEY BEFOR THE WEDING IM GOING TO A RESCTICTED ZONE......yeaaaaa goooo have funnnnn. stupid STUPIDDDDDD
Feb. 8, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST
posing at sci-fi
Feb. 9, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST
Feb. 9, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST
unless "treasure" is some new euphemism for "turd" or "pile of shit".
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST
Not a great movie, but a good and honest one.
Feb. 9, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST
You won´t be bored with that one, there will be xplosions and colors and flashing lights and loud sounds.
Feb. 9, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST
Doesn't deserve a sequel.
Feb. 9, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST
What the fuck is up with you morons.You probably hate the Mist too you fuckwits.Three of the finest sci-fi movies of the last ten years.
Feb. 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST
The world quakes with barely restrained excitement... *SIGH*...
Feb. 9, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST
it was like a porn movie with no sex
Feb. 9, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST
Avoid this trash, it is neither a good mumblecore drama nor a good monster movie. There is absolutely no reason to watch this, except the last five minutes would make a nice special effects reel, which is all it should have been. Just awful, you guys.
Feb. 9, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST
For starters, I loved both District 9 and Monsters. The only place I would personally compare them is Flickchart if they made me. They are too different for me to favor one over the other. I don't know you, don't know what your taste in film is and I don't know why you remind me of my ex-wife and her arguments with people about Harry Potter. This isn't film school. We don't need evidence or even insight to post an opinion. Key word, OPINION. If I post in a talkback that a movie sucks, I am not wanting to engage in a full deconstruction of the cinematography or discuss the relevance the film has in today's political climate. I might just want to throw in my two cents and say that I hated a movie but I liked when that girl showed her boobies. We can say what we want and don't have to provide you with a shred of evidence to back it up. My opinion is that you are possibly the most arrogant troll I've seen in a while. You take simple negative comments about a movie and then try to pull those people in to some high brow debate over the film, all the while claiming that you are being objective. (Oh and you use lots of fancy words... do you know what site you are posting on?) Anyone that says "If you will" is pretentious ass clown. Were you sniffing your own farts while you typed that line? I also have no doubt that your "objective" dislike of District 9 (and Crash, and probably lots of others) has absolutely NOTHING to do with the film, and everything to do with its popularity. You are too high society to like something that so many commoners are clammering about! You even said the word simpleton, which speaks volumes about you. I think we are below you here. You should start your own website that has very strict criteria for signing up. 1) You must not like any movie that is currently selling well on DVD/Blu-Ray. 2) Any limited release you will "objectively" love. 2) You must use a LOT of adjectives that people will be HIGHLY impressed with. 3) You must have a monocle. 4) You must claim to be objective and review films based on super secret criteria. But don't forget to announce your disgust with anything popular and always attempt to drag simpletons into film debate to exhibit your overwhelming film expertise. 5) You must like the white anal beads because that way you can see the little pieces of shit that come out with it, because by god, that is your shit, and it might as well be fucking gold nuggets.
Feb. 10, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST
...that it was a waste of 2 hours of my life. Boring and uneventful.
Feb. 11, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST
Can they even make a sequel without them?
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