Neil Marshall to Direct Weird-Sounding Thriller 'Undergound'

August 27, 2010
Source: Deadline

Neil Marshall

After heading back in time for his Roman epic Centurion, director Neil Marshall is moving on to a project that sounds completely off-the-wall and almost laughable. Deadline reports that the filmmaker is now set to direct Underground, a horror thriller from writer David Cohen set in the world of gourmet underground supper clubs. Yes, you read that right: underground supper clubs. But that's not all. Apparently the film is supposed to follow an ambitious young chef who ventures into the terrifying underbelly of extreme cuisine. Now I know things can get a bit crazy with Gordon Ramsay or "Iron Chef," but extreme cuisine? Seriously?

Maybe this is something I just don't full understand yet, but I find myself simultaneously intrigued, baffled and full of laughter. Maybe these chefs use only the most rare of cooking ingredients like the meat of endangered species or maybe even people (I'm thinking that is more what this is about). Perhaps there's competitions where the chef's must simultaneously cook a meal while surviving a deadly battle with another chef. I'm just spit-balling, and your guess (no matter how ridiculous) is as good as mine. Marshall certainly is an interesting British auteur, so I'm sure he's got something fun up his sleeves. Is anyone interested?

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What happened the BURST 3D and THE RIG? Based on this, the guy has lost the plot.

tEDDY bESS on Aug 27, 2010


Yeah, I kinda got an "eating people" vibe from this. And shit, if it doesn't take itself too seriously, this could end up being pretty damn good. But hey-- I like cannibal movies.

Cracky on Aug 27, 2010


Well, Im sorry I thought after the descent he could make a solid movie but after the laughable Centurion and that shitty apocalyptic one(forget it names) I just got no faith in this guy. Centurion couldve been good but terrible cgi blood and direction fucked up the couple of good performances that were in it.

Cody w on Aug 28, 2010



Fox on Aug 28, 2010


Cannibal Iron Chef? Where do I sign up?

Gill on Aug 28, 2010


#4, DAMN GOOD movie. But are you saying this sounds similar?

Cracky on Aug 28, 2010


#6, If this movie has cannibalism and cuisine mixed, it may be similar - who know's ? 😉 But, has Delicatessen had some comedy elements onto it, it doesn't seem that Undergroud is anything like it, going to horror camp instead.

Fox on Aug 29, 2010


#3 - Centurion is a well-crafted little chase movie with gorgeous location photography and inventive kills on a small budget. Nothing laughable about it in my view. Dog Soldiers is great fun and The Descent is masterful. The only blot on his CV so far is Doomsday, and I'd kind of like to see his definitve cut of that one day (I think the studio trimmed about 15 minutes or so, if I recall correctly). Anyway, this could be intriguing - a cannibalistic Fight Club is probably what they're going for. And as for the question about Burst, Marshall said in his recent AICN interview with Capone that it's still happening but they're working on the script.

Mathieu on Aug 29, 2010


Feel there has been an opportunity missed in not following up Dog Soldiers. Sure Kevin McKidd would crank Cooper out again. Could move it 10 years down the line, Cooper loses face with army gets kicked out or resigns. Now works on a night shift in major supermarket chain as no-one else would employ. But now 2 young family werewolf survivors (they were held back from the initial hunt on the cottage) from Dog S hunt him down, travelling down from Scotland and making a bigger pack on their way down. Supermarket fullmoon seige. Neil Marshall if you read this bring it on!!!!!!

Dave H Devon on Sep 23, 2010

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