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Magnet has Monsters

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

One of the bits of cool news to emerge from this year's South By Southwest is the pick-up of Monsters, a feature length mockumentary that is part Cloverfield, part District 9. Written and directed by Gareth Edwards, the movie takes place in 2016 and shows us a southern United States/upper Mexico where giant monsters from outer space have now taken over the land. Forget monitoring for illegal aliens, now the border patrol has a bigger problem to worry about.

According to the movie's storyline, sometime this year a NASA space probe fell back to Earth and crashed in South America. The probe was carrying alien spores which grew into bizarre and dangerous extraterrestrial animals. These creatures spread rapidly and took over the southern part of the United States and norther Mexico. The two main characters in Monsters are an American journalist and a lost tourist, both trying to make their way through the quarantined zone and reach the protection of American troops.

The film had its premiere a couple of days ago at SXSW and Magnet moved immediately to acquire the North American distribution rights for the movie. "We were blown away by Monsters - I can't think of a more exciting addition to the Magnet slate," said Magnolia's Tom Quinn. "Gareth Edwards is an extraordinary talent and we're thrilled to bring his vision to American audiences."

Edwards won SciFi London's 48-hour film contest. Before that he worked as a visual effects supervisor, making all of the 250 effects for Atilla the Hun, a BBC program that aired on the channel two years ago.

Producers Allan Niblo and James Richardson commented: "Having kept the film a secret for so long, Vertigo is thrilled to have Magnet not only discover it at this year's SXSW Fest but immediately become our US partner on this groundbreaking movie," said Monsters producers Allan Niblo and James Richardson. "We are all looking forward to releasing Monsters together onto an unsuspecting world."

So is Monsters the next District 9 or Paranormal Activity? Speculate away and perhaps gain an additional insight by watching this trailer for BBC's Atilla the Hun which shows the FX that Monsters' director/writer/cinematographer created.

 

 

-Magnet Releasing.

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