The year 2014 is shaping up to be a big one for fans of giant monsters. This is not surprising, of course, as the much-anticipated, big-budget kaiju extravaganza Godzilla (US-2014; dir. Gareth Edwards) is due to hit screens in May. The fact that so far Hollywood’s return to the iconic Japanese franchise is looking good and commentators across the board are sounding hopeful is no doubt a source of inspiration. Huge box-office success or not, the King of Monsters is bringing with him to the party a number of other giant monster/kaiju projects. One of them at least, the web series Enormous, has all the potential to be a worthy addition to the genre.
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Enormous is based on a comic series created by Tim Daniel (writer) and Mehdi Cheggour (artist) and published as a 64-page, Treasury-sized One Shot graphic novella in July 2012 through Image Comics. Ahead of the comic series’ return in June 2014, a live-action adaptation will hit the internet in the form of a full debut episode available March 20 on the Machinima Prime Channel.
André Øvredal, director of the Norwegian giant beastie flick Trollhunter (2010), co-wrote the pilot episode with director BenDavid Grabinski. It stars Steve Brand, Ceren Lee, Erica Gimpel, Garret Coffey, Billy Miller and Charles Melton.
The world as we know it has ended. A group of survivors on a mission now find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable dangers, some human and some … much bigger.
Don’t forget: March 20, 2014!
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Addendum: 20 March 2014
The first episode is now available for viewing in the Cinema of the Backbrain and on YouTube.