Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Fox Planning Live-Action X-Men TV Series
The mutants could be headed to the small screen
Mission: Impossible 5 Moved Up To July
Christopher McQuarrie will deliver a little earlier than expected...
Emma Watson Signs For Beauty And The Beast
She'll be director Bill Condon's guest
Chris Weitz Hired For Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Stand-Alone
He'll write the new draft of the script
David Tennant Will Be Zebediah Kilgrave
In Marvel/Netflix's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
Empire's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Covers Are Here
The Ultrinos are mutating...
David Oyelowo In Negotiations For Hurricane Katrina Film
A likely reunion with Selma writer/director Ava DuVernay
Adam Sandler Rounds Up His Ridiculous Six
Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte and more lined up for his first Netflix pic
Amr Waked Heads For Geostorm
Lucy co-star onboard Gerard Butler thriller
Julianne Moore And Eddie Redmayne Win At The Screen Actors Guild Awards
Birdman nabs ensemble
Quentin Tarantino Adds Three To The Hateful Eight
As shooting starts... Probably literally.
Kaya Scodelario May Set Sail For Pirates 5
UPDATE: Jerry Bruckheimer reveals she's on board
Warner Bros. Aims For The Jetsons Again
The latest attempt is animated
New Westworld Image Arrives
And Jonah Nolan talks his plans for the series
Luke Evans Officially Off The Crow Reboot
He's left the nest
Knock Knock Teaser Trailer Online
Keanu Reeves shouldn't answer the door...
American Sniper Still Atop US Box Office
While Mortdecai flops badly
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Chris Weitz Hired For Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Stand-Alone
He'll write the new draft of the script
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Seventh Son
27 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Godzilla (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Man Of Steel (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Monsters (2010)
Empire Star Rating
The Unborn (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Godzilla (1998)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Godzilla Writer Turns To Mona
Max Borenstein adapts D. Sehlberg's book

31 January 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

One of several writers (Frank Darabont, David Goyer, David Callahan and Drew Pearce are the others) to take a crack at Gareth Edwards' developing Godzilla, Max Borenstein is now turning his attention to Mona. The project, a sort of sci-fi cyber political thriller (and not to be confused with William Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive), is an adaptation of a novel by Dan Sehlberg, and it's coming together at studio New Regency.

It isn't published yet, so details of the book are only so much hearsay and press release so far, but the thrust seems to be the pursuit of a Lebanese cyber-terrorist. University professor Samir Mustaf's daughter Mona is killed by an Israeli cluster bomb, and he develops a sophisticated computer virus - named after the deceased - to cripple Israel's financial system.

Unfortunately for Mustaf, however, the virus gets into a Swedish academic's prototype system designed to allow disabled people to surf the Internet using mind control. Eric S'derquist's wife was testing the equipment when the saboteur hit, and is now gravely ill, with her only hope of survival the man who created the virus in the first place. Cue a pursuit of Mustaf by S'derquist, which attracts the dangerous attentions of both Mossad and Hezbollah.

The political players involved in that synopsis lead us to suspect there's little chance it'll reach the screen in that particular form, so don't be surprised if some of the political groups involved are changed. Still, at root it has the potential to be a decent international thriller, and the official line is that its sci-fi seeming technologies are actually based on real cutting-edge "developments in the fields of thought control systems and cyber warfare". We'll see about that in due course.

Michael London and Janice Williams are producing, with Niclas Salomonnson acting as executive producer. While the film has no start date yet, the book is published in July. Godzilla meanwhile, is slated to finally go before Edwards' caneras in May.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Two New Jack Ryan Images Online
Chris Pine and Kevin Costner get spooked
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Johnny Depp And Paul Bettany Talk Mortdecai
How good is your 'Mortdecai face'?

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

From Mission: Impossible To Mortdecai: Writer/Director David Koepp Talks Screenwriting
What would you do if you were in charge of the Spider-Man franchise?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)