The ongoing pandemic has affected the production schedules of many forms of entertainment. And in order to bring new entertainment to the masses, people are forced to get a little creative. Enter scripted podcasts, they’re kind of like the old timey radio dramas that people used to listen to before television. Except you can download them at any time and listen to them at your leisure. Some big names have signed onto these podcasts. This week’s news finds John Boyega and Darren Criss teaming up for There Be Monsters. Described as “a 10-part narrative sci-fi thriller podcast,” the show will run on the I Heart Podcast network later this year. Let’s take a look at what we know about the upcoming There Be Monsters podcast.
A High Tech Sci-Fi Thriller For Your Ears
According to Deadline, Boyega will star in the show playing a character named Jack Locke. He is “a mysterious hero with a vendetta who infiltrates a Silicon Valley body hacking startup run.” Darren Criss will play the “enigmatic CEO” of the company. “Whose highly secretive creations promise to enhance human biology in incredible ways. Of course, every drug has a side effect.”
Actor Darren Criss | Image via Wikimedia Commons
Dan Bush of Psychopia Pictures helped produce the podcast. In describing the podcast he says that “There Be Monsters is a psychological thriller that chronicles the rise of humankind 2.0, and the disruptions to society that come with it. We chose to format this story as a scripted podcast because it is an immersive, storytelling playground.”
Actors Recorded Their Parts At Home During The Pandemic
Production on the show began in late 2019, with plans to fly in the actors to various cities where they would record their parts. But due to the pandemic shutting down production, I Heart Radio got creative. They sent each actor a “Studio In A Box” with professional equipment and tutorials on how to record themselves. Each member of the cast recorded their parts from home and collaborated via teleconferencing to bring the project to life.
Actor John Boyega took the learning curve in stride, saying that “Getting to explore this format of storytelling whilst also adjusting to new methods of recording with the cast members made it an exciting process. I’m thrilled it all came together and hope audiences are just as drawn in as I was to this sci-fi thriller series.”
Image via Gage Skidmore from Wikimedia Commons
There Be Monsters will also feature voice acting from Marley Shelton, Clark Gregg, and Sahr Ngaujah. Bush co-wrote the series with Nicholas Tecosky. Boyega is also acting as producer for the project through his company UpperRoom Productions. Boyega’s production company also recently signed a deal with Netflix to produce content focused on African stories. We are happy to see that Boyega’s involvement with the Black Lives Matter rally in London a few months ago did not negatively affect his career as he feared it would. And we are excited for the new work that he is producing, including There Be Monsters.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.