“Monsters,” the 2010 super low budget indie sci-fi horror film that launched the careers of both filmmaker Gareth Edwards and actor Scoot McNairy, is being turned into a TV series by Vertigo Films and UK broadcaster Channel 4.
“Top Boy” creator Ronan Bennett will act as showrunner with Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith writing. Producers are looking to secure a major U.S. partner and is in talks with broadcasters and SVOD services including Netflix and Amazon.
The original follows an American photojournalist tasked with escorting his employer’s daughter (Whitney Able) back to the U.S. by crossing an infected zone full of otherworldly creatures in Mexico. Edwards is likely to be involved behind the scenes in some capacity.
Vertigo Films is behind the upcoming epic period drama “Britannia,” while Fajemisin-Duncan and Smith are on a selling spree with sales of numerous scripts and pitches recently including the sci-fi tale “Red Star” and the period drama “Shadow Warrior” about an African slave in the 16th Century who becomes a samurai after washing up on the coast of Japan.