David Ellis and ‘War Monkeys’ Give Us a Lesson in Obstinacy

You have to hand it to David Ellis.  He’s sticking with the whole directing movies thing.  With films like Final Destination 2, Cellular, and The Final Destination under his belt, he keeps returning to the moderately financially successful yet critically lauded fare that brought him to the adult’s table.  He even directed Snakes on a Plane, a film that, I’m sure, in the months leading up to it, he felt would be his introduction to the big leagues.  It wasn’t.

On the other side of the coin, you have War Monkeys, which has been tearing through directors like a bad case of swine flu.  Kevin Munroe (TMNT and Dylan Dog: Dead of Night) and Kyle Newman (Fanboys) have already come and gone on the project about two janitors who find themselves trapped in a military facility with hundreds of trained monkeys.  Still not sure if this is supposed to be a comedy or not, but the fact that this news comes from Shock Till You Drop gives us an indication things get a little horrific.

That news, of course, being that these two, stubborn entities in the world of cinema are joining hands.  Sources from Cannes are telling STYD the marriage between Ellis’ mediocre, directing style and this ridiculous idea of a film is happening, and that Ellis is currently the name attached.  If this news ends up being 100% accurate, War Monkeys could find itself in this latest string of movies in Ellis’ pipeline the director plans to test his 3-D capabilities out on.  Other like films include Shark Night 3-D, Bad Luck, and Humpty Dumpty.  When you put all four of these films together, you’ve got a pretty good, Saturday night lineup over at SyFy.

The way things are going, though, War Monkeys may be moving on to a totally different director in the coming months.  Nelson McCormick doesn’t have anything planned.  Maybe Stewart Hendler?  Just trying to help.

Who do you think would be a good fit for this B-rated fare?

Jeremy's been writing about movies for a good, 15 years, starting with the film review column of his high school newspaper. He stands proud as the first person in his high school to have seen (and recommend) Pulp Fiction. Jeremy went on to get a B.A. in Cinema and Photography with a minor in journalism. His experience and knowledge of film is aided by the list of 6600 films he has seen in his life (so far). Jeremy's belief is that there are no bad films, just unrealized possibilities. Except Batman and Robin. That shit was awful.

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