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Jaume Collet-Serra In Talks to Helm ‘Here There Be Monsters’; Bradley Cooper Wanted for Lead

Written by on April 4, 2012 

We’ve heard Robert Zemeckis, Paul Greengrass, and Brad Bird all mentioned as possible helmers for Here There Be Monsters — and, for whatever reason, we’re now down to Jaume Collet-Serra. The Unknown helmer recently occupied his precious time with the Akira remake everyone wanted to just go away, but with the last update now being almost three months old — and with Collet-Serra having added something else to his plate — that’s probably not going to happen, and he’s probably got a little free time on his hands, too.

Written by Brian Helgeland, Monsters focuses on beloved Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones, who’s been “wrongly stripped of his British naval commission and hired by a shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of his merchant ships in the North Atlantic.” There in the North Atlantic lie monsters.

Vulture’s story also purports that Bradley Cooper is the Warners’ favorite for Jones; The Hangover Part III needs to wrap — and Collet-Serra has to adjust the script to his own liking — before anything really happens. If that goes to plan, though, expect shooting to begin in early 2013.

Now, Cooper — while a wholly enjoyable screen presence — might a little too modern for a period piece, even one that’s probably not too serious. (Though I have to buckle down and admit that, sure, I’d like to see him fight a giant squid.) And I haven’t been too keen on Collet-Serra up to this point, either; maybe I don’t want Here There Be Monsters to go forward, actually.

Is this the right pairing of director and star for Monsters?

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