Fede Alvarez, director of 2013’s Evil Dead and the upcoming Don’t Breathe is attached to another project that is getting a huge amount of attention in Hollywood right now. Monsterpocalyse is an extremely successful tabletop strategy game where players lead giant monsters and supporting units like tanks into cities that they build up as the game progresses. Only one monster can survive! Here’s the first part of a guide on how to play to give you a better idea of what it’s all about:
As big studios continue to look for properties they can turn into big multi-movie franchises The Hollywood Reporter reports that Warner Bros., Dreamworks and Sony are all bidding for the rights with a fourth studio also interested. The package includes the rights to the game IP and also writer/director Fede Alvarez who will direct and co-write the script with writing partner Rodo Sayagues.
This property was first being developed to become a feature back in 2010 with Tim Burton involved but was abandoned when Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was greenlit and the projects were deemed too similar. Oddly now the “kaiju” field is even more crowded than it was in 2010 with Kong: Skull Island shooting, Pacific Rim 2 in development, Godzilla Resurgence coming from Japan later this year with an American Godzilla sequel also planned. But I’m not a big Hollywood suit so what do I know?
At least Fede Alvarez has a little bit of experience in this field when he caught the attention of Sam Raimi with his short film Panic Attack which you can see below which is about some alien and giant robot attack on a city.