the meg 2 update

Ben Wheatley, the director behind Kill ListHigh-RiseFree Fire, and the upcoming In the Earth, will next helm The Meg 2, the sequel to the 2018 giant shark movie starring Jason Statham and directed by Jon Turteltaub. While we still don’t know a lot about The Meg 2, in a recent interview, Wheatley talked about the fact that while he may be a new director taking over a franchise, he doesn’t plan to drastically change things from the first film. That said, Wheatley does promise some “insanely large” action.

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in the earth trailer

Ben Wheatley‘s latest horror oddity is on the way, and here’s a disturbing trailer to give you just a tiny glimpse of the madness he has in store. If you’ve seen a Wheatley horror flick you have some idea of what to expect from In the Earth, which arrives in April. The film is set in the midst of a pandemic (sounds familiar) and finds two people venturing into the woods for scientific research. Of course, anyone who has ever seen a horror movie can tell you that nothing good ever happens in the woods. Watch the In the Earth trailer below.  Read More »

in the earth release date

In the Earth, the latest oddity from Ben Wheatley, now has itself a release date. Wheatley’s strange tale of the horrors lurking in nature is headed to theaters next month. While it still seems a bit too early to make things exclusive only to theaters, Neon is moving forward with the plan. In the Earth premiered at the (virtual) Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. You can see an ominous poster for the movie below.  Read More »

in the earth review

“People get a bit funny in the woods,” a character says early on in Ben Wheatley‘s In the Earth, and that line could double as the movie’s mantra. Like the filmmaker’s A Field in England, it follows characters lost in nature, slowly going out of their minds as they talk about alchemy and magic and other things you don’t quite understand. And like that previous film, In the Earth seems to target the viewer and bombard them with a sensory overload – the climax here is akin to a laser light show, with strobing images blasting our retinas and daring us to keep watching until the credits roll. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time at the movies, it might be about time to abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

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in the earth teaser

Ben Wheatley is back with another strange trip to the dark side. The Kill List filmmaker’s latest is In the Earth, a movie he managed to make mostly in secret during the pandemic, because he’s a sly one, that Ben Wheatley. And now, this new movie is headed to Sundance. The first In the Earth teaser promises all sorts of ominous goings-on, and the film’s subject matter is bound to make some people uneasy – because it deals with a deadly virus. Watch the In the Earth teaser below.

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Ben Wheatley horror film - In the Earth

Filmmaker Ben Wheatley has been taking a little bit of heat lately for his recent directing choices, whether it was his slightly underwhelming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca or tackling Warner Bros.’ giant shark sequel The Meg 2. But for those who wistfully yearn for the days in which Wheatley was making small scale genre movies, here’s some good news: the director has just wrapped production on In the Earth, a new horror film that’s heading to theaters next year. Get the details below. Read More »

The Meg 2 director

Ben Wheatley is about to take a swim.

The director of such varied projects as Sightseers and Netflix’s new Rebecca remake has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct The Meg 2, a follow-up to the studio’s 2018 giant shark movie. Star Jason Statham is expected to return to lead the cast once again, but man…Ben Wheatley directing a big-budget studio shark film? What an odd choice. Read More »

rebecca review

It’s never a good idea to remake Hitchcock, even though several have tried. And while Ben Wheatley‘s new Netflix Rebecca is technically not a remake, but rather a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, it can’t escape the Hitchock film’s legacy. Like its main character, Rebecca is living in the shadow of its predecessor. To Wheatley’s credit, he doesn’t try to ape Hitchcock in any way, shape, or form. But, oddly enough, he doesn’t bring much new life to the proceedings, either. For a film filled with such lush production design, Rebecca is a curiously stifled affair.

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Rebecca Posters

This fall, Netflix is releasing Rebecca, a bold attempt at following Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film from 1940, based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. But if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s director Ben Wheatley, and his new take on the old story also has the benefit of starring Armie Hammer and Lily James. Both are prominently featured on some colorful, fractured and double exposed posters, and they all have Kristin Scott Thomas as the titular character looming in the background. Read More »

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rebecca trailer

How do you follow up Alfred Hitchcock? The 1941 Rebecca was famously the only film Hitchcock directed that nabbed a Best Picture win at the Oscars, and remains to this day a beloved adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier Gothic classic. But can Ben Wheatley‘s new version hold a candle to Hitchcock’s film, or even du Maurier’s haunting novel? We’ll have to see once it hits Netflix this October. Watch the Rebecca trailer below.

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