“Doomsday is hugely inspired by the films I grew up with, post apocalyptic thrillers – Mad Max, Road Warriors, says Descent director Neil Marshall. “I wouldn’t say it’s a horror movie but I would say it’s a dark and brutal action thriller.”
The place is Great Britain. The year is 2007. A deadly plague, known as the “Reaper Virus,” has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. In desperation, the British Government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area, and then builds a wall, preventing the remainder from escaping. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The Government decides to send a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, into the hot zone to investigate the possibility of a cure. They discover that not only are their survivors but they have formed tribes at war with each other. They are in a race with time to save a whole country from death.
They showed a trailer to the film wich looked very much in the vein of Children of Men or Mad Max. I’m glad to see the post apocalyptic thriller genre is having a resurgance. At the tail of the trailer is footage from a road race which supossedly takes place near the end of the film. Marshall says that the sequence is one third part Bullitt, one third part Road Warrior, and one third part something else completely. I can’t wait to see more.
“With The Descent we wanted to make a 6 million dollar film look like 30 million. With Doomsday we took a 30 million dollar film and made it look like 100 million,” says Marshall. “We try to do as much [Special Effects] as possible in camera. We try to keep it real.”
Doomsday will hit theaters in early to mid-2008. Check out an early sneak peak at this link.