Andre Ovredal Bringing More Monster Action with ‘Enormous’
by Ben Bussey
Oh yes. Giant monsters are back, baby. Pacific Rim’s on its way, Godzilla will be back in 2014, and now there’s word of another new beastly blockbuster. This one offers particular cause for excitement as it’s from the director of Troll Hunter, easily one of the best monster movies of the century thus far.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Andre Ovredal is teaming up with producer Adrian Askarieh on a big screen adaptation of Image comic Enormous. I won’t bullshit you, this is the first I’ve heard of the comic, but – prosaic title quibbles aside – it sounds pretty damn cool. Here’s how HR sum it up: “Created and written by Tim Daniel and drawn by Mehdi Cheggour, Enormous tells of how humanity is plunged down the food chain when an ecological event creates gargantuan beasts that decimate civilization.”
And as if that didn’t sound cool enough, this adaptation is not planned as a film alone. Described as a ‘transmedia’ adaptation, the plan is to tell the story across “a high-end digital Web series, a TV show and a feature film in a bid to tell the enormous Enormous story and explore how humans react and cope with survival from multiple points of views and from multiple settings around the planet. The duo (Ovredal and Askarieh) are hoping to create something in tone of Cloverfield and The Walking Dead, focusing on strong characters and complicated relationships with the monsters as the background.”
My gut feeling is that does seem a wee bit overambitious for a property that isn’t widely known at this point, but at the same time I’m dying to see what Ovredal can do with a Hollywood-sized budget, given how astonishing the effects were in the relatively inexpensive Troll Hunter.
More as we hear it.