Grizzligator & Arachnaconda join the combo-animal world!
Somehow I missed this January 2012 article about new production company Monster Machine and their promise of some more combo-animal SyFy creature features. It’s mid-2013 and the films have yet to surface, but here is what we know so far:
Founder Stephen Niver and Robert James Roessel of Mexico-based banner Arte Paneo Prods. are working with genre scribes Matthew Chernov and David Rosiak (“Shark Swarm”) to develop and produce a slate of creature-themed projects for video, cable and VOD. “The fact that we had so much public interest in “Sharktopus,” even during production, shows that there’s definitely an untapped market for fun monster movies on this scale,” said Niver.
Stephen Niver helped produce such SyFy hits as Shark Swarm and Sharktopus, and Monster Machine looks like his baby. Four films are promised so far – Arachnaconda, Grizzligator, Sea Scorpions, and Maneater Mountain.
Niver is credited as writer/directer of Arachnaconda, and Maria Conchita Alonso, Héctor Jiménez, and Brett Wagner are attached. Lou Diamond Phillips was also attached at one point (to star AND direct!), but he doesn’t seem to be listed via IMDB any more. All other information is hidden behind IMDBPro walls.
With how long it can take new companies to get concepts launched, it isn’t a surprise we haven’t seen much yet. But if the films don’t show up in 2014 at the various film markets, then we might just have to close the book on these. Which is a shame, as the creature feature viral marketing is only getting stronger thanks to Sharknado, Roger Corman returning with Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda and Sharktopus vs. Mermantula, and Asylum reclaiming their throne with Sharknado 2 and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.
Speaking of Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, they have a contest you might be interested in.