If there’s anything that can be counted on in this world, it’s that Hollywood will always be on the lookout for the next big film franchise, even if it’s in the unlikeliest places, e.g. board games. The Hollywood Reporter announced that studios like Warner Bros., DreamWorks, and Sony are currently bidding over a “Monsterpocalypse” movie, an adaptation of the popular board game where humans in robot suits fight against monsters. The project has been in development since 2010 when an adaptation with director Tim Burton (“Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”) and screenwriter John August (“Big Fish”) attached, but it eventually stalled after Guillermo del Toro filmed “Pacific Rim,” a movie that also pits humans in robot suits against monsters. Needless to say, sources close to the project say that the new project is much different than the original conception as well as “Pacific Rim.”
As it stands, director Fede Alvarez is currently attached to the “Monsterpocalypse” adaptation. Alvarez directed the 2013 remake of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” and the upcoming horror film “Don’t Breathe,” which premiered at SXSW last month and is set to hit theaters on August 26th. His 2009 short “Panic Attack!” features giant robots attacking Motevideo, the capital of Uruguay.