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What Happened to Monday

  • 2017
  • R
  • 124min
  • 58%
  • 6.9 / 10

It’s the year 2073, and the world has come up with a measure to counter overpopulation and famine. Governments have begun implementing a rigid, one-child family planning policy. When Karen Settman dies while giving birth to identical septuplets, his father, Terrence, is forced to raise the seven sisters and keep their birth hidden from the government to avoid being put to sleep. Everything goes as planned until one of them disappears.

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Wirkola has always had a fascination for sci-fi movies and the vast possibilities that they provide for storytelling. While making What Happened to Monday, he saw a story that could awaken his creative side. Prior to developing the film, he had looked for things that he thought are out-of-the-box and just unconventional. When asked where he drew inspiration for the film, Wirkola cited a wide list of sources, from Blade Runner to Looper, Children of Men to the works of Paul Verhoeven. Max Botkin’s original script first made its way into the Black List as the most liked unproduced screenplays back in 2010, when it revolved around a group of seven brothers trapped in a dystopian future where only single children are allowed. The film went through several changes before Wirkola gave his approval. Once he became attached to the project, the production employed Kerry Williamson. Williamson helped recreate Wirkola’s big idea that the film should center around sisters. According to Wirkola, he liked Williamson’s pitch, because revolved around the characters, which Wirkola considered very important.

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What Happened to Monday is a 2017 dystopian science fiction thriller film featuring a set of identical septuplets who have been hiding their birth for 30 years from the government. It was directed by Tommy Wirkola from a screenplay written by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson. It stars Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe.