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If 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' ends up failing to quench your thirst for supernatural re-imaginings of history, fear not! Legendary Pictures is currently working on producing Brian Helgeland's mash-up screenplay 'Here There Be Monsters.' The story centers on Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones fighting an epic battle against, you guessed it, sea monsters. Originally the project was being helmed by director Robert Zemeckis ('Back to the Future,' 'Forrest Gump'), but he jumped ship back in November. Now it looks like the studio is interested in netting Brad Bird ('Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol') to replace him. Bird is meeting with Legendary's higher ups, but no official deal is yet on the table.
This is awesome news! Brad Bird's 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' wasn't just a smash hit, it was a statement that forever put to bed any notion that the guy could only direct animation. However, knowing that his next project is Pixar's '1906,' I wondered how long it would be before he again tried his hand at live-action. While I'm not a rabid fan of the history/monster mash-ups, the idea of a Revolutionary War hero fighting supernatural aquatic beasts does sound like great summer blockbuster fodder. Nothing against Robert Zemeckis, I mean the guy did give us 'Back to the Future' after all, but I can't tell you how glad I am that he is off this project. He's gotten into a rather disturbing trend of creepy mo-cap animation lately and I shudder to think what the sea monsters would have looked like under his control. However, until an official deal is made, this story is still very much up in the air...or at sea...or something.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in seeing this film? Do you like the idea of Brad Bird directing?