The UK Gets a Lake Placid-esque Tale in The Hatchling


With the Cannes film market upon us, Stealth Media has revealed that is in pre-production on The Hatchling.

The film is expected to be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2014.

Set on the Somerset moors, The Hatchling marks the feature film debut of veteran commercials and documentary director Michael Anderson.  

The screenplay is the work of Sabre Films originator, Nick Squire, who has based the concept of two Somerset dwelling, man-eating crocodiles – a true story circulating since his school days.

Starring as the social misfit who breeds the beasts is actor-comedian Greg Davies (Inbetweeners Movie) while his psychotic side-kick is played by Thomas Turgoose who debuted his career with Shane Meadow’s “This is England”. Making a welcome return to the screen for her role as the village gossip, is the well-loved British actress, Sylvia Syms.

Producing is Nigel Wooll and Chantelle de Carvalho.

Here’s the official synopsis: 

Tim Webber, a teenager at boarding school and his friends Baggy and Nick take a dare to sneak out of the dormitory one night and steal crocodile eggs from a nearby zoo, but the prank ends in tragedy with Nick being killed and Tim taking all responsibility. Fifteen years later, after the death of his father, Tim returns home to Somerset to run the family stone masonry, but there is a sinister undercurrent to the idyllic village setting that seems to harbour a dark secret. People have been disappearing, and it all seems to be centred around the old quarry. Tim meets up again with his old friend Baggy and to their horror clues mount. It appears that the time has come for both Baggy and Tim to pay for their actions of years ago. Those crocodile eggs that came home with Tim hatched!

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