Director André Øvredal’s Norwegian found footage horror movie, Trollhunter, was a lot more fun that most found footage horror movies, because it didn’t spend any time trying to convince you that what you were watching was real, it instead put all of its efforts toward making a dumb, fun troll movie with the best looking trolls that their modest budget could afford. So, on that level, it was a huge success, because Trollhunter is a big, dumb movie that’s a lot of fun to watch and all of the big, dumb trolls in it look pretty great. Which makes Øvredal a prime candidate to helm a live action adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s comic book “Enormous.”
Originally published by Image Comics, “Enormous” is set in a world where humanity is being overrun by gigantic beasts who are wrecking our cities and eating our children. It’s kind of like Godzilla if Godzilla brought friends. According to THR, producer Adrian Askarieh is looking to take a Cloverfield-like approach to adapting the material, wherein the people being stepped on will get more of the focus than the monsters doing the stepping. That’s not the whole story when it comes to what he has planned, however.
In addition to making a feature film, Askarieh and Øvredal also have plans to use this material to create an accompanying web series, as well as a TV show, in order to show how the creation of giant monsters would affect the world in multiple settings. It sounds a lot like that plan Ron Howard had for adapting Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, only presumably way less expensive and hopefully less doomed.
This sounds like a big undertaking that will probably take quite a while to get together, so it could be some time before we get more news on how development is going. But, in the meantime, the ‘Enormous’ comic book is getting ready to jump to new publisher 21 Ink Publishing and put out another 18 issues starting in 2013. If you want a jump on what all of this monster stuff is going to be about, that would probably be a good place to start.