In July last year there were rumblings that director Robert Zemeckis was going to direct a movie called Here There Be Monsters, a tale about a man doing battle with a giant squid. Back then they were just rumours, and nothing was confirmed, and it was not long after the story sunk without a trace. Brad Bird has since been attached to the project, again he is now not involved and it was looking like this extraordinary tale would never see the light of day.
However, it has now been said the director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown, The River) is in talks with Warner Brothers to possibly take on the story. A writer has been in place since the idea was announced last year, Brian Helgeland, (who wrote Mystic River and Man on Fire) is the man in charge, and with his past experience I have every confidence he will make this good.
Even better news is that finally a leading man is in talks to play the role of John Paul Jones, the man hired to investigate the disappearance of merchant ships. That man is Bradley Cooper, and it would seem that since Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost has pretty much been cancelled, Cooper is free once The Hangover 3 is finished filming. I really hope this news means that this quite awesome sounding film can now get moving ahead.
Here There Be Monsters tells the revisionist story of John Paul “We Have Not Yet Begun To Fight” Jones. After he’s stripped of his British naval commission, Jones is hired by a shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of merchant ships in the North Atlantic, which are used as toothpicks by a giant squid.
By Matt Wavish