For years — almost a decade — the script The Last Voyage of the Demeter has been a revolving door of directors who could never quite get the film made. Robert Schwentke (Red), Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian), Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters),and David Slade (Hard Candy) have all tried to film the script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch).
The story explores in detail the sea voyage that brings Dracula from Transylvania to England. Ruzowitzky even had a cast lined up, with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley attached, but his version never happened, and even when Slade came on board over a year ago, the ship didn’t sail.
Now Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion) is attached to direct for Millennium Films. Read More »
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Looks like the next movie by Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent) will be a horror film with a pretty classic setup. It goes by the name Hellfest, and the director is in early talks to make it his next project, with a summer 2012 shoot looking likely if all the assorted deals work out. Read More »
Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) has been linked to quite a few projects over the past few months. (Culinary horror Underground, the spontaneous combustion movie Burst, and more.) Now it looks like he’s no longer part of one development project, The Professionals, even as the director says he’s writing an alien invasion film set in WWII. Read More »
Yesterday it was reported that Neil Marshall, Mike Newell and David Slade are on the short list of filmmakers being considered to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper circling the lead roles. The Wrap now adds a couple more interesting names to the list:
Jonathan Demme has read the script and wants to direct the movie, but he’s not the only one interested in the job, as TheWrap has learned that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”), Mike White (“Year of the Dog”) and the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also in the mix.
I can understand Demme’s interest, but Matt Reeves seems like a more natural fit coming off of Let Me In. Mike White’s humor seems like an odd match for this property, and his directorial debut Year of the Dog left me thinking he should stick to screenwriting. I have yet to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, despite constant encouragement to do so from friends. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. I really liked Lord/Miller’s animated television series Clone High U.S.A., but does their cartoon-like sensibility fit this period zombie film (even if it is a ridiculous comic take?).
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As unbelievable as the notion of Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 might be, there’s something more difficult to swallow going on in Hollwood: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is becoming a hot property. Initially set to be directed by David O. Russell with Natalie Portman starring (she is still producing) the film now needs a new creative team. So, start the ‘shortlist’ compilation. Directors such as Neil Marshall and Mike Newell are reportedly in the mix, and Scarlett Johansson has been mentioned as a possible star. Read More »
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Briefly: What could be further from Centurion, the bloody action film from director Neil Marshall? How about Marshall making a film set in the world of underground supper clubs? Yeah, you read that right. Underground, scripted by David Cohen, is a horror / thriller set in the “world of gourmet underground supper clubs.”
Now, I have a really close friend who runs one of Atlanta’s bigger supper clubs, but having spent a lot of time in that circle, I’ve never even thought about using that as a setting for a horror thriller — the biggest horror is usually whether the soup is going to be any good. But maybe throw some evil competition in there, some cannibalism (fingers crossed for cannibalism!) and things could get fun. And since these things are all unregulated, anyway, there’s plenty of opportunity for weird illegal stuff to go down. And it’s got to be better than Eat the Rich. (But will it have a Motorhead theme song?) Still, I just have one question: where’s Paul Bartel when you need him? [Deadline]
WYRD Studios is releasing a documentary titled The Splat Pack, directed by Mark Henry and Frank H. Woodward. The movie takes “a look back at the first decade of 21st Century horror films and the filmmakers that re-energized the genre.” The documentary features new interviews with Alexandre Aja (High Tension), Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw series), Adam Green (Hatchet), Alan Jones, Harry Knowles, Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Greg Nicotero, Eli Roth (Hostel), Staci Layne Wilson and more. The doc seems to be mostly a talking head retrospective, mixed with clips from the horror films discussed. WYRD has released the first movie trailer for the upcoming release, which is embedded after the jump.
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Magnet Pictures has released a new Red Band movie trailer for Neil Marshall‘s survival thriller Centurion on Hulu. Watch the trailer right now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Neil Marshall‘s upcoming film Centurion has generated a good bit of excitement based on Marshall’s reputation and the bloody, grimy trailer released not long ago. That was an international trailer, because at the time the clips was released the film did not have US distribution. Now it has been picked up by Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia, which will release Centurion later this year. Read More »