Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton Get a Thrill in 'The Retreat'
Now this sounds like it might be an awesome original thriller. Deadline is reporting that Cillian Murphy (last seen as Fischer in Inception) is set to star opposite Thandie Newton in a new thriller project called The Retreat that will start shooting in Wales in September. Murphy and Newton will play a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. "That's when the psychological fun-and-games begin…" What a great concept, I love it.
Producer Gary Sinyor of Magnet Films has been pitching The Retreat as a landlocked "Knife In the Water meets Dead Calm," which sounds interesting but I was already sold on that original logline above. Making his feature debut will be writer and director Carl Tibbetts, who previously worked as an editor on Alien vs Predator, but let's just forget about that and hope for the best. Also involved in the production is the real life David Frost of Frost/Nixon fame, who's on-board to pay the bills as executive producer. This sounds like it could be quite good, and Murphy/Newton are both very talented, so we'll be sure to keep you updated on it.