Neil Marshall set to direct & produce horror-thriller The Lair
After bringing his latest horror pic to US audiences at Beyond Fest earlier this month, Neil Marshall has lined up his next genre pic with the war horror action-thriller The Lair, which he will direct and produce, according to Variety.
Written by Marshall, the film focuses on Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair as her jet is shot down over one of the most dangerous rebel strongholds in Afghanistan on her final flight mission. As she finds shelter in an abandoned underground bunker, she discovers deadly man-made creatures known as Ravagers, which are half-human and half-alien and hunger for human flesh, and barely escapes, unknowingly leading them to a U.S. Army base where they must all fight back against them.
“If The Reckoning was a gothic drama in testament to the power and resilience of women, then The Lair is my true return to full-blooded horror and intense genre action in the style of Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday,” Marshall said in a statement. “I’m making something scary as hell, pulse-pounding and great fun. This is a crowd pleaser, an adrenaline pumping roller-coaster ride; spectacular and loud, inspired by classic genre movies like Aliens, Predator and The Thing and their incredible use of practical creature FX. Featuring a new breed of screen terror, The Lair will be a snarling, ravenous beast of a movie. I’m going to get my hands bloody making this one!”
News of the film’s development arrives just ahead of the launch of sales for the project at the forthcoming virtual American Film Market, which is set to begin on November 9 and be handled by Highland Film Group, with Marshall set to produce the film via his Scarlett Productions Ltd. banner and eyeing a production start early next year.
Marshall is best-known for his breakout action horror hits Dog Soldiers and The Descent and most recently stepped behind the camera for the failed Hellboy reboot starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) and the adventure horror The Reckoning.
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