Garth Edwards' sci-fi horror film Monsters is being adapted for television by Vertigo Films for UK broadcaster Channel 4. This feature film was Edwards' directorial debut and skyrocketed him to fame, with projects such as the Godzilla reboot and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story then coming his way afterwards.
According to Deadline, Ronan Bennett will act as showrunner with British writers Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith on script duties, and Edwards involved behind-the-scenes. It is reported that the project is still seeking a major U.S. partner, similar to the deal which saw Channel 4's The End of the F--king World being taken up by Netflix this month after airing in Britain last October. Channel 4 hopes that this TV series will also catch fire like the Philip K. Dick adaptation Electric Dreams, which is set to launch on Amazon, and the sci-fi thriller Humans, which is a co-production with AMC.
Monsters was released in 2010 in the U.S. The story, also written by Edwards, revolves around an American photojournalist, played by Scoot McNairy, who takes up the task of escorting his employer’s daughter, played by Whitney Able, back to America by crossing an infected zone full of creatures in Mexico. Their journey ends up proving to be quite brutal with the monsters showing them and the army they meet along the way no mercy. It spawned a sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent, in 2015.