‘Sharktopus’ producers launch the Monster Machine

Lou Diamond Phillips set for 'Arachnaconda'

Following on creature features “Sharktopus,” “Dinoshark” and “Shark Swarm,” the co-producers of those films have partnered to form new production banner the Monster Machine.

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.

The Monster Machine promises “Arachnaconda,” “Grizzligator,” “Sea Scorpions” and “Maneater Mountain,” among others that will be budgeted between $1 million and $3 million. Company plans to shoot several of the features in and around Puerto Vallarta, where “Sharktopus” and “Dinoshark” were shot economically, due in part to Roessel being the film commissioner in Jalisco, Mexico.

The Monster Machine’s first pic will be “Arachnaconda,” which Lou Diamond Phillips will topline and direct from a script by Niver. Maria Conchita Alonso and Brett Wagner (“The Crazies”) will co-star in the pic, which Chang Tseng (“Porky’s: The College Years”) will co-produce.

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