Marshall talks Doomsday and Eagle's Nest
Neil Marshall is a cracking Director, and over at Comic-Con he's been talking about his latest film Doomsday. Not only that but the official website has gone live and there's a very interesting look at behind the scenes on the film including photos, props, plot reveals, and storyboard art.
Doomsday will see Scotland quarantined from the rest of the UK because of the outbreak of a deadly virus called Reaper. The quarantine has worked for a number of years, but now an outbreak in a major city has raised fears again. The government send in an elite group, led by Rhona Mitra playing Eden Sinclair, to find a cure for the virus which is located in the Highlands of Scotland, deep in infected territory.
Neil Marshall, the man who brought us the excellent Dog Soldiers and The Descent (Filmstalker review), has been talking about the film over at Comic-Con through MoviesOnline. Here's some of the interesting snippets.
“With this one, it’s totally the opposite. We’ve just blown everything wide open. I wanted to do a huge scope, scale film. And we’ve done scenes with like, thousands of extras...we filmed the whole thing down in South Africa, well, not all of it, but most of it, and the scope and scale that we got down there for our money was just vast. So, it looks like a hundred million movie, but it was thirty million...
...Outpost is still on the back burner. I think the time is not right to do a zombie film at the moment because, we’re kind of zombied out. You know. I think I need to reevaluate what that whole thing’s about. So, I don’t know, I’m trying to do a thing called Eagle’s Nest next. But, we’ll wait and see.”
The interview is worth reading as he talks about a number of things, particularly about funding horror films. Eagle's Nest may be the story about the Roman Legion disappearing into Scotland, previously Marshall was connected with the story and then Kevin Macdonald, so is Marshall on?
Meanwhile the site for Doomsday has gone live online, and they've already posted up an interesting insight into the film. It's well worth a read.
As for Doomsday, I'm hugely excited to see this. I'm a big fan of Marshall, and with an excellent cast including some of the original Dog Soldiers actors, a bigger budget, and an impressive scale, I'm looking forward to something special.