Deadline reports that Lord and Miller are developing an untitled monster movie based on one of Universal’s classic monsters. Channing Tatum is attached to star in the film, which is described as a tongue-in-cheek take on the Universal classic monsters set in modern times. Lord and Miller will produce under their Lord Miller banner, while Wes Tooke, who recently penned the World War II film Midway, will write the script based on an original idea from producer Reid Carolin.
Lord, Miller, and Tatum have had no problem staying busy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in May, the filmmaking duo signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in an untitled astronaut movie, based on the new novel from The Martian author Andy Weir. Meanwhile, Channing Tatum has been working on his directorial debut Dog, an Army road trip comedy that he’s also starring in. The untitled monster movie will mark the latest of several collaborations with Reid Carolin, who not only had the original idea for the movie but is also co-directing Dog with Tatum.
After 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller became known for subverting beloved intellectual property, which makes them a good fit considering the direction the Universal monsters properties are heading in right now. Despite a rocky start in 2017 with The Mummy‘s box-office failure, the Universal monsters rebounded with The Invisible Man this year, a massive hit that saw Universal Studios depart from the original plans of a serialized universe and focus more on inventive, individual movies. Lord and Miller’s unique sensibilities, combined with a clearly game Channing Tatum, could result in another unique monster movie that scores with audiences and critics alike.
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