EXCLUSIVE: Hot British writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has been tapped by Universal Pictures to join its efforts to relaunch its library of classic monster movies.

imgresAs previously reported by Deadline, Universal is developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative are Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman’s credits include Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man, while Morgan is the writer behind five installments of Universal’s The Fast And The Furious franchise

Basu’s action adventure The Pier, which he co-wrote with David Bowers, was recently voted runner up in the annual Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Basu also co-penned Vertigo Films’ sequel Monsters: Dark Continent with writer-director Tom Green, which is in postproduction.

The prolific Basu first appeared on the Brit List at age 29 with GBH in 2008. Since then he has become an increasingly sought-after writer, known in UK circles for having commercial sensibilities.

Basu is repped in the UK by Josh Varney at management/production company 42 and in the U.S. by Jason Burns at UTA. Peter Nichols of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman negotiated the deal.