Avast! Robert Zemeckis May Take On Sea Monster Epic ‘Here There Be Monsters’

Ever since Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” got picked up to be adapted into a feature film, there has been a rush to make movies where supernatural elements get inserted into inappropriate places. This is no problem for me as I’m a big fan of both supernatural elements and inserting things into inappropriate places. With “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” Grahame-Smith himself moved the venue from classic literature to historical events, and now Legendary Pictures is looking to keep that trend alive with their new film Here There Be Monsters.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has come up with the concept for the film, and he has hired Brian Helgeland to write the script. Helgeland is the guy who wrote L.A. Confidential, but don’t get too excited because he’s also the guy who wrote the 2010 version of Robin Hood. Whether he’s the right choice for this project or not will remain to be seen. The focus of the film follows around Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones. You know, the guy who said that he had, “not yet begun to fight.” Everyone knows that Jones captained the USS Ranger during his time fighting against the British, but what this film presupposes is that he was also grappling with giant sea monsters at the same time. Revolutionary War naval battles and sea monster wrangling are two concepts that could make two great movies. Smoosh them together and you get some sort of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of a movie. Tasty.

Early word is that Legendary is looking to get Robert Zemeckis to sign on for the directing job, and that talks are taking place to do just that. Ever since getting pushed away from making creepy animated movies by Disney, Zemeckis has seemed to be plunging himself back into live action filmmaking with enthusiasm. We’ve already reported that he might make a movie called Flight, and who knows what other offers may have come his way in recent weeks. If he decides on this one, it may just be the thing that brings him back to the high-adventure/sci-fi/supernatural roots of his golden years as a filmmaker. Gee golly, that’s something I’d like to see. [The Wrap]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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