Normally, I put movie sequels in the same category of painful infected itching. (Note to the entire Internet – just a metaphor. Ahem.) Milking a story line to get one or more movies out of it is blatant profiteering and dilutes the art.
Man, I’m full of it today.
Anyway, Monsters, the 2010 surprise home run hit about space spores taking up residence in Mexico and mutating the flora and fauna to make gigantic octopus creatures with tentacles that looked like rave party lighting, is getting a sequel in Monsters: The Dark Continent.
Here’s the skinny on the MTDC, with a tentative release date of 2014:
“Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won.”
“Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill.”
“The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them 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.”
Is it just me or does this sound like the plot for Apocalypse Now (1979)?
Regardless, I look forward to Monsters: The Dark Continent in the same way I anticipate immediate relief from personal infected zones with affordable over-the-counter lotion. (Note to Internet – just kidding…a prescription would work just as well. But not for me – for a friend.)