Neil Marshall Producing New 'Ghost of Slaughterford' Thriller
by Ethan Anderton
February 16, 2010
This recent news from THR illustrates some industry ladder climbing as director Neil Marshall (The Descent, and the upcoming Centurion) will executive produce the British thriller Ghost of Slaughterford to be directed by Ian D. Fleming (Marshall's second-unit director on Centurion) as his first feature length film. It's supposed to shoot in June and focuses on a recently widowed novelist who retreats to a rented mansion in the village of Slaughterford to compose a new novel. She is warned not to stay in the house by the locals but she resolves to stay before encountering a ghost, however, the locals become the ones to fear.
Still in the early stages of development, the film is part of an intricate financing deal involving the disposal of ownership rights to five movies from its slate for $9.6 million to ATF Holdings, a subsidiary of hedge fund Arrowhead Target, to which the proceeds will go to settle an outstanding loan. It's science. Anyway, it's always good to see people in the industry working their way up to the big jobs, and hopefully Fleming won't sully Marshall's name as a genre flick favorite. As for the script, always great to see something original that isn't an adaptation or reboot or remake, should be a good thriller. We'll keep you updated. Sound good?