by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
In a bidding war that was said to have reached the mid-six to seven figures range, Warner Bros is said to have won the rights to develop a film based on the miniatures / board game Monsterpocalypse.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio is looking to develop the film and is putting modern horror maestro Fede Alvarez at the helm. Alvarez is said to be in line to direct as well as co-write the script with usual partner Rodo Sayagues.
The basic concept of the game is humans in giant mech suits fighting monsters. If it sounds familiar it’s because we kind of already saw it back in 2013 with Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to Godzilla, Pacific Rim. That’s actually what put the film on hold back in the day when Tim Burton was attached to direct it.
The new concept is said to be radically different from the first iteration that was going around as well as GdT’s mecha-vs-kaiju flick. The concept – humans fighting monsters – will stay the same.
I’m a fan of this the second you put Fede Alvarez on it. I really liked his Evil Dead and thought it was a terrifying and creepy experience. He’s also got experience with robots, having directed the short film Don’t Panic!, about a robot invasion of Montevideo. I’m eagerly awaiting his next film, this summer’s Don’t Breathe, which should prove to be another exercise in suspense and chills.