Neil Marshall's Doomsday Trailer Debut at Comic-Con + Posters
by Alex Billington
July 28, 2007
At the Rogue Pictures / Focus Features panel at Comic-Con today, The Descent director Neil Marshall took the stage to debut the very first teaser trailer and footage from his upcoming film Doomsday. The footage was actually quite interesting and a peculiar introduction to what may be another great movie from Marshall. Although none of the cast was on hand to introduce the footage, Neil did answer questions from the audience on all things Descent, Doomsday, and Dog Soldiers. What exactly is Doomsday? Read on to find out.
Great Britain, 2007. A deadly plague, known as the "Reaper Virus," has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. In desperation, the British Government evacuates as many survivors as it can out of the infected area, and then builds a wall, preventing the remainder from escaping. Thirty years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The Government decides to send a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, into the hot zone to investigate the possibility of a cure.
"Doomsday is hugely inspired by the films I grew up with, post apocalyptic thrillers - Mad Max, Road Warriors. I wouldn’t say it's a horror movie but I would say it's a dark and brutal action thriller."
The teaser trailer they showed, without any actual dialogue, looked a lot like a Mad Max + The Warriors + 28 Weeks Later + other futuristic action movies all combined into one. It had elements of all three, with a locked out and deserted (for many years) area of Scotland, then a tribe of people who have survived in that zone who then start to fight the elite group that is sent to find out what's going on. It looked like great filmmaking, but I can't exactly say I'm sold on it yet. It'll be quite hit and miss, and for the sake of it being Neil Marshall, I hope it's a hit.
There is also a massive car chase sequence, similar to Mad Max, near the end that Marshall himself even said is one-third part Bullitt, one part Road Warrior, and one part something else entirely different. The vision Marshall had in his head when originally coming up with the idea was something like a futuristic action warrior fighting a knight in armor, and thus began the development on Doomsday.
It's set to come out in 2008, but as for a specific date, that's not yet confirmed. In the meantime, check out these new posters that also debuted at Comic-Con.
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