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Jay Basu Tapped By Universal To Aid Relaunch Of Classic Monster Movies

1 December 2014 8:14 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Hot British writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has been tapped by Universal Pictures to join its efforts to relaunch its library of classic monster movies.

As previously reported by Deadline, Universal is developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman’s credits include Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man, while Morgan is the writer behind five installments of Universal’s The Fast And The Furious franchise. 

Basu’s action adventure The Pier, which he co-wrote with David Bowers, was recently voted runner up in the annual Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Basu also co-penned Vertigo Films’ sequel Monsters: Dark Continent with writer-director Tom Green, which is in postproduction.

The prolific Basu first appeared on the Brit List at age 29 with GBH in 2008. Since then »

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Mayhem 2014: ‘Monsters – Dark Continent’ Review

4 November 2014 11:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green

Back in 2010, the Mayhem Festival hosted a screening of Gareth Edwards’ micro budget debut Monsters. Edwards was in attendance and took part in both a Q&A, and held a “masterclass” session in which he discussed the approach he’d taken to creating such an ambitious picture on such a low budget. It was a fascinating insight, and a privilege to listen to such an energetic, enthusiastic young director. Flash forward to 2014, and things are looking very different for that young director. He’s already released his updated Godzilla – a film which shares a significant amount of DNA with Monsters – and is moving on to both a Godzilla sequel, and an as yet untitled Star Wars spin off feature. Not bad at all. »

- Dan Woolstencroft

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Vertigo takes Moomins for UK

31 October 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.

Vertigo has acquired UK rights to Moomins On The Riviera from Paris-based sales company Indie Sales.

The hand-drawn 2D animation feature, directed by Xavier Picard, recently played at the BFI London Film Festival and is already a huge box-office hit in its local Finland.

The film is adapted from Tove Jansson’s original comic strips, and tells the story of the Moomin clan on a journey to the glamorous Riviera where they meet a world of new people including would-be artists, film stars and playboys.

The creative team behind the movie includes Sophia Jansson, Tove’s niece, along with Finnish producer Hanna Hemila (Le Havre).

The voice cast for the English-language version of the film includes Russell Tovey as Moomin and Nathaniel Parker as Moominpappa.

Vertigo’s Rupert Preston and Nicolas Eschbach of Indie Sales negotiated the deal.

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‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Review: Not Even Aliens Can Make This Metaphor All That Meaningful

27 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters presents a refreshingly subtle allegory via the slow-building romance of two developing characters amid gorgeous cinematography and a world with a growing extraterrestrial population. Edwards went the Godzilla route for his follow-up and passed the sequel torch to first-time film director Tom Green for Monsters: Dark Continent. Green frustratingly takes Dark Continent in a grandiose political direction resulting in a film that lacks nuance and the specifics to back it up. Ten years after Monsters, the Middle East had become the new “infected zone” in need of some good ‘ole American intervention. The United States has been dropping bombs on the worst of the infected region in an attempt to eradicate the creatures unsurprisingly killing innocent civilians in the process. This logically makes the locals hate Americans even more, and the ongoing war in the Middle East now has a whole new level of tension. Hometown boys turned rugged soldiers, Michael »

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Monsters Dark Continent review: 'A crushing disappointment' - Lff 2014

17 October 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Tom Green; Screenwriters: Tom Green, Jay Basu; Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers; Running time: 123 mins; Certificate: 15

Produced on a shoestring budget with prosumer camera gear and bedroom-made digital effects, Monsters was a minor miracle of a film. Its director Gareth Edwards is now in charge of the Godzilla franchise and working on a Star Wars spinoff, and it's easy to see why when you look back at his 2010 breakthrough. Focusing on two lost souls wandering through Central America's infected zone after an alien invasion, it juxtaposed an intimate human story with bigger sci-fi ambition. Terrence Malick meets monsters from outer space.

Unfortunately, all this subtlety goes out the window for sequel Monsters: Dark Continent, which chooses to make war not love. Edwards remains as executive producer, but directing chores are handed over to Misfits helmer Tom Green, who co-writes with Jay Basu. »

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Sitges 2014 Review: Monsters: Dark Continent, An Intense Yet Alienating Ordeal

13 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention.Reportedly set 10 years after the events of the first film, Monsters: Dark Continent introduces us to a tight-knit unit of Us Army recruits, headed to the Middle East to continue an unspecified conflict. Parkes (Sam Keeley) and his buddies ship out for their first tour, only to be greeted by Staff Sergeant Frater (Johnny Harris), a shredded and shellshocked commanding officer barely clinging to his sanity.Inevitably, the unit's largely irrelevant mission goes awry, and Parkes, Frater and the dwindling number of surviving teammates must successfully traverse...

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Film Review: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’

12 October 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The slippery, multi-tentacled creatures seen in Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” have adapted to Earth’s harshest environments, migrating from their Central American infected zone to other parts of the planet in “Monsters: Dark Continent.” Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-years-later spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green (building on experience from British TV’s “Misfits” and “Blackout”) helms a taxingly over-earnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they’re now called) lumber about in the background.

Though the human characters from “Monsters” are long gone and only a modified version of the creatures remain, Green’s film should benefit from brand recognition worldwide, sparking international sales and audience curiosity for a film that otherwise wouldn’t much interest moviegoers. Genre shingle Vertigo »

- Peter Debruge

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Monsters: Dark Continent Gets Its World Premiere

9 October 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Last year, Empire hosted the BFI London Film Festival's Laugh Gala. This time, though, we swapped chuckles for frag grenades and Humvees, strapped on our night-vision goggles and headed into Leicester Square to introduce Monsters: Dark Continent to the world. Cast, crew and an array of expectant eyeballs were in attendance for the film’s world premiere.Co-writer / director Tom Green was on hand to introduce his cast of G.I.s and his loyal production partners at Vertigo Films, before smashing a metaphorical champagne bottle on the IMAX screen and launching his extra-terrestrial mayhem out into the world.Unlike Gareth EdwardsMonsters, this one is a straight-up war film that by turn channels The Hurt Locker, Generation Kill and Tremors. Balls are out and weapons are free as Johnny Harris and his squad of Us soldiers negotiate the twin perils of seemingly hostile aliens, by now stomping across the Middle-East in vast herds, »

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Exclusive: First Thoughts on Monsters: Dark Continent, Interview With the Director!

7 October 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Gareth EdwardsMonsters took the science-fiction world by storm when released in 2010. For not only did he craft a sensational creature feature and post-Apocalyptic romance, he did it for a micro-percent of the usual Hollywood budget. A marvel of ingenuity, aspiration and determination, it redefined what could be achieved by a savvy genre enthusiast when working off-the-leash within the British independent cinema arena. Edwards of course graduated to the A-List with Godzilla and Star Wars projects. And it looks like the same could happen to Tom Green who makes his remarkable feature directing debut with the continuation Monsters: Dark Continent. On a par with the original in terms of skill, confidence and astute fantasy feel, Green crafts his own inspirational vision using Edwards’ concepts, ethos and elegiac universe while expanding the myth in extraordinarily thrilling and thought-provoking ways.

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- Ryan Turek

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World premiere of Kung Fu Jungle at this year’s BFI London Film Festival

16 September 2014 2:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 58th BFI London Film Festival has announced an addition to their programme in the form of the world premiere of Kung Fu Jungle.

Here’s the press release:

London, 16 September, 2014: – The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is pleased to announce that the World Premiere of Kung Fu Jungle (Yi Ge Ren de Wu Lin) will be presented as a new addition to the official Thrill selection at this year’s Festival. Screening on Sunday 12 October 6.30pm at the Empire Leicester Square Cinema, the premiere will be attended by director Teddy Chen, iconic action super star Donnie Yen and actress Michelle Bai.

Hahou (Donnie Yen) is a former martial arts instructor, imprisoned after accidentally slaying an opponent. When vicious killer Fung (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting the reigning kung fu masters, Hahou offers to help the police catch him in return for his freedom. Despite her misgivings, »

- Luke Owen

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A Baker's Dozen of Monsters: Dark Continent Eye Candy

8 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Growth charts? Check! Infection maps? Check! Weapons checklist? Check! Concept Art? New images? Double Check! Yep, we have lots of new Monsters: Dark Continent eye candy for you to look at! Dig it!

Tom Green takes the helm of Monsters: Dark Continent while the original film's director, Gareth Edwards, assumes the role of executive producer along with Scoot McNairy.

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Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they 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.

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Monsters: Dark Continent: Watch extended trailer for forthcoming sci-fi

8 September 2014 4:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Monsters: Dark Continent has received a new trailer.

The new clip sees a group of soldiers fighting against giant sand creatures in the Middle East, while trying to rescue people trapped by the monsters.

The film, which is a sequel to 2010's indie sci-fi Monsters, centres on a solider searching for his lost team member in an Infected Zone.

Johnny Harris, Sam Keely and Joe Dempsie star in the film, while Tom Green directs.

Monsters: Dark Continent is due for release in the UK and Ireland on November 28. »

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The Aliens Are Back in this New Trailer for 'Monsters: Dark Continent'

5 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Gareth EdwardsMonsters was an atmospheric homage to classic Kaiju cinema that not only earned the filmmaker gigs making Godzilla and a Star Wars spinoff, but also drew enough love from fans that a sequel is in the works. Today we’ve got the new trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent – which sort of sounds like a ride at Busch Gardens, Tampa. Edwards is obviously way too busy to return to the film that launched his career, so director Tom Green (not the comedian…) has stepped in to take a seat behind the camera. How one views this change and the new clip is going to be dependent upon how they felt about the original Monsters. Like most Hollywood sequels, Dark Continent looks to up the ante on basically everything. Where the first film was a quiet and...

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First Monsters: Dark Continent One-Sheet Bare Bones

5 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Protagonist Pictures has released the first teaser one-sheet for its giant monster movie sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Don't get too excited though. This is as bare bones as it gets and really is just more of a glorified title treatment. Still, we know you like to see everything...

Tom Green takes the helm of Monsters: Dark Continent while the original film's director, Gareth Edwards, assumes the role of executive producer along with Scoot McNairy.

Synopsis

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they 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.

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More Aliens = More Awesome in Monsters: Dark Continent [Trailer]

4 September 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

We'd already had a pretty good look at the aliens in Monsters: Dark Continent but it looks like Vertigo is putting it all out there before the movie's release and a newly minted trailer has appeared that features even more alien action.

The sequel to Gareth Edwards debut is being directed by Tom Green and stars "The Fades" stars Johnny Harris and Joe Dempsie as members of the Us army sent to the middle east to fight off the alien invasion.

It's a stylish looking affair featuring some of the same footage we've seen in previous trailers but with the added bonus of loads and loads of aliens and more than one really stellar looking scene of aliens peeking through dust, mountai [Continued ...] »

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New Trailer For Monsters: Dark Continent

2 September 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The new trailer for Tom Green's Monsters: Dark Continent has arrived. The movie is a sequel to Gareth Edward's 2010 pic Monsters. Check out the trailer below.

In the sequel, a Nasa probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashes over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an Infected Zone. Six years after the Nasa probe returned to Earth, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"... The story begins when a Us journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the Us border.

Though Edwards is now busy making Hollywood pics like Star Wars and Godzilla 2, he was on as producer for Dark Continent.

Monsters: Dark Continent opens in the UK on November 28.

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War Is Even More Hell in 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Trailer

2 September 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Before Godzilla, there was Monsters — director Gareth Edwards’ critically-acclaimed 2010 movie about the invasion of Earth by a race of giant, tentacled behemoths. This month, in the wake of Edwards’ success resurrecting the iconic Japanese monster, his own beasties are making their own comeback in Monsters: Dark Continent. With Edwards busy not only on the next installment of the Legendary’s Godzilla franchise, but also his upcoming Star Wars gig, he only served as executive producer on this follow-up, with directorial duties handled by Tom Green, known for his work on British television series Misfits and Blackout. If

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Trailer #2 Stomps in for Monsters: Dark Continent

2 September 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Protagonist Pictures has unveiled the second trailer for its giant monster movie, a sequel to a film genre fans really dug back in 2010. Read on for your next and newest look at Monsters: Dark Continent.

Tom Green takes the helm of Monsters: Dark Continent while the original film's director, Gareth Edwards, assumes the role of executive producer along with Scoot McNairy.

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Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they 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.

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Full Trailer: "Monsters: Dark Continent"

2 September 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Before scoring the "Godzilla" reboot, Gareth Edwards made his name on the low-budget but acclaimed "Monsters" - a story exploring a relationship of two people in a world in which aliens have landed and have been quarantined.

Now, following a brief teaser months ago, the full trailer for the Tom Green-directed sequel "Monsters: Dark Continent" has arrived. The tone is different in this outing, there's more creatures and more action in a quite different looking film which has yet to score a U.S. distributor. The film is slated to open November 28th in the U.K. though.

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Latest ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ UK Trailer

2 September 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Gareth Edwards may be tangling with bigger monsters and franchises in the form of Godzilla and Star Wars, but his very own Monsters continues forward in the form of Monsters: Dark Continent, directed by Tom Green. Green is responsible for some of the best episodes of the fantastic first two seasons of Misfits so hopefully his style will translate well to the monster focused sequel. Those worried about Edwards’ departure should note that he has given the project his full blessing and has even stated “I better watch my back,” in terms of the sequel’s quality. There’s still a lot of human drama in this sequel, as a group of soldiers venture into areas swarming with monsters, but we also see a lot more of the monsters themselves. Skins and Game Of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, leads the cast in what looks to be a genuine extension of the original. »

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