Channel 4 Developing A TV Adaptation Of Gareth Edwards ‘Monsters’
This is an interesting choice for a tv adaptation. Channel 4 are apparently in the very early stages of developing a TV series based on Gareth Edwards 2010 sci-fi movie ‘Monsters’.
For those that haven’t seen the original movie, it starred Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able, and was set 6 years after NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Not long after, new life forms began to appear leading to half of Mexico being quarantined as an “Infected Zone”, which the American and Mexican military still struggle to control. The story follows a jaded US journalist (McNairy) who begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses American tourist daughter (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
According to the article in Deadline, Ronan Bennett, the creator of ‘Top Boy’ and ‘Gunpowder’ is said to be serving as showrunner, with duo Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan & Marlon Smith (‘Save Me’, ‘Run’) writing the show. Edwards himself is not thought to be directly involved in the day-to-day of the series at this point, as it is still in development, but we would expect to see him on board, at least as an exec producer, at some point.
It’s an interesting choice for an adaptation, as the monsters themselves were never the focus of the original movie, and I suspect that would be the same with the tv series. The film focused on one story which happened to have the backdrop of this alien event in the background. It would be quite easy to use the same sort of premise for the show.
Channel 4 are said to be feeling out possible partners for the project in the same way they have done with AMC on ‘Humans’ and Amazon on ‘Electric Dreams’. I reached out to Channel 4 to see if they could elaborate further, but due to it being so early in development, all they could do is confirm a show based on ‘Monsters’ is under development with them.
We’ll bring you more as we hear more!