Neil Marshall Heads Back to Horror with CBS Films Slasher 'Hellfest'
After journeying into the darkness with The Descent, director Neil Marshall is heading back to horror for a more conventional slasher film from CBS Films. Deadline reports Marshall is now in early talks to directing Hellfest, a film following a costumed killer who systematically slaughters the unsuspecting visitors who come to a theme park on Halloween night. Sounds like a really violent Goosebumps adaptation if you ask me, and the idea is to launch yet another horror franchise with a killer that could very well join the ranks of Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers as ruthless killers who never seem to go away. More below!
The good news is that "The Walking Dead" and Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd is behind the project with freshman writers William Penick and Chris Sey writing the script. Perhaps if the film has a fresh approach to the slasher genre, then we might have something as good as the aforementioned zombie drama series coming to the big screen. However, with horror, I've learned not to get my hopes up for originality, especially when a franchise is already being considered for a film that hasn't even been released yet. Marshall is looking to make Hellfest his next project with an eye towards starting production next summer.