Ben Wheatley has made a horror movie… during lockdown

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Filmmaker Ben Wheatley is big on surprises, but is currently cagey on details of his brand new horror film, that’s been shot over the summer.

Yesterday we reported that director Doug Liman, certainly no slouch, has already put together an impressive cast and is currently shooting a heist thriller set against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic. He’s doing so on location in the department store, Harrods.

Not to be outdone, Ben Wheatley, helmer of the likes of Kill ListHigh Rise and Free Fire – as well as the upcoming adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca for Netflix – has revealed that he has already shot what he refers to a horror-themed ‘response to the Covid-19 crisis’. In fact, he complete the entirety of filming during lockdown.

Shot in 15 days, Wheatley has told Little White Lies that he made the film in response to a sense of ‘datedness’ surrounding the films releasing onto VoD during lockdown, presumably because they were making no reference to the huge globally events happening in the world. Wheatley also said that the project acted as a sort of ‘palette cleanser’, allowing the director to return to his darkly weird indie roots, perhaps  in the style of A Field In England or Kill List. Wheatley’s next film post-Rebecca is set to be the big-budget sequel to the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot.

It seems clear that the budget for this one was incredibly low, with resources, cast and crew at a bare minimum too, I’d imagine. Wheatley even discusses ‘genres of budget’, indicating the minuscule costing behind the film, but for such a creative filmmaker, that certainly doesn’t make the prospect of the film any less exciting.

No title or release details have come forth, but until we know more, you can look forward to Wheatley’s adaptation of Rebecca on Netflix, releasing on October 21st.


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