American filmmaker Robert Rippberger, known for his recent work on the sci-fi thriller “Renner” featuring Frankie Muniz, is gearing up to introduce the sales department of his company, SIE Films, at the European Film Market in Berlin. Leading the charge for his team will be his upcoming horror movie, “Monstrosity.”
“Monstrosity” is in the early stages of being made. Rippberger will be in charge of producing and directing this horror story about scary creatures. For the monster designs, he’s teamed up with Aaron Sims, a talented artist who has contributed to hits like “Stranger Things,” “Ready Player One,” and “Wonder Woman 1984.” They plan to start filming later this year at one of the Morgan International special effects studios in Europe. Sabir Pirzada, known for his work on “Moon Knight” and “Ms. Marvel,” is co-producing the film with Rippberger.
The plot of “Monstrosity” begins with a young boy from a village disappearing into a mine shaft. His father points fingers at a peculiar family living close by. However, the truth is much more intriguing. This family is made up of a werewolf, a vampire, a zombie, and Frankenstein’s monster, who are all protecting the mine to prevent evil from escaping through a gateway to hell.
Rippberger is excited about the project, comparing the appeal of monster movies to that of superhero films and mentioning plans to modernize these classic creatures for today’s audience. He aims to offer a fresh take on both these characters and the horror genre itself.
The slate for SIE Films at the EFM also includes “Renner,” starring Violett Beane and Taylor Gray, as well as a documentary titled “How to Build a Truth Engine.” Directed by Friedrich Moser and executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the documentary explores the realm of investigative journalism and its role in combating fake news, featuring stories from renowned journalists.
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Rippberger has an impressive portfolio, including being the main producer of the stop-motion film The Inventor, with a cast including Daisy Ridley and Stephen Fry, and directing documentaries and films that address social issues and horror themes. He is currently represented by Established Artists and Millennial PR. Source