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Neil Marshall Producing New 'Ghost of Slaughterford' Thriller

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February 16, 2010

Slaughterford

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?

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  • sonnychiba1
    Sounds good to me. At least it's not another reboot. I hear they're remaking Taxi Driver now. TAXI DRIVER! Noooooooo.
  • DoomCanoe
    #1 WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
  • beavis
    i concur with #1 and2. this sounds cool. i'm looking forward to hearing more from this. if done well, it's always good news to hear about a movie with a spooky mansion and strange locals. and it's NOT a remake or a movie made from a kids book............. which is very good news.
  • Casper
    #1 .. I thought it was going to be a movie version of the old TV show Taxi. I don't even want to think about a remake of Taxi Driver; if they do that even a remake of The Godfather is possible. Can't get enough of ghost stories, so I'm really looking forward to the Ghost of Slaughterford.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    #1 - It's not a remake of Taxi Driver, but a sequel. For those interested, here is the online story: ‘Taxi Driver’ sequel in the works? By WENN.COM Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are planning a sequel to their hit 1976 movie Taxi Driver, according to industry gossip at the Berlin International Film Festival. The new movie is rumoured to be a collaboration between Scorsese and Danish director Lars Von Trier, and will see De Niro reprise his role as troubled New York taxi driver Travis Bickle. Von Trier and Scorsese, whose new movie Shutter Island premiered at the German festival on Saturday, have yet to confirm any plans. But the rumours have been fuelled by Von Trier's production partner Peter Aalbaek, who has revealed an announcement about the project will be made shortly. Meanwhile, Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader has provided some insight into the rumoured sequel's plot, revealing Scorsese has been considering a follow-up film for years. Schrader tells the New York Post, "I was talking with Martin Scorsese about doing a sequel to Taxi Driver, where (Travis Bickle) is older."
  • JJ Abrams
    Great to see some new, original thriller material being dev'd. Marshall (although wildly inconsistent) probably has a good idea for this type of stuff. I'm excited to see what they come up with. But "Slaughterford"?! Seriously? That's a bit heavy handed, no? Sounds like a spoof title.
  • sonnychiba1
    @5 I stand corrected!
  • DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH
    yeah this sounds quite intresting. taxi driver is a classic,no remake & no sequel( i thought travis bickle killed himself at the end of taxi driver,good excuse to rewatch it.)
  • Robbie
    Sounds good indeed!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Go figure! WENN.COM just updated the Taxi Driver sequel news and it now says its rubbish. Taxi Driver 2' rumours shot down Lars Von Trier's business partner has dismissed rumours the Danish director is in talks with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to resurrect Taxi Driver - blasting the reports as "rubbish." The new movie was rumoured to see De Niro reprise his role as troubled New York cab driver Travis Bickle in a sequel to the 1976 classic, which gained him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. But Von Trier's longtime producing partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen is adamant film fans shouldn't get their hopes up. He tells ScreenDaily.com, "I have seen it (the story) in the Danish film magazine and what is written there is not true. (It's) rubbish.
  • Wow this looks really good! Can't wait to see some of the footage! I love these kinds of thiller/mystery movies!

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