Neil Marshall, the man behind The Descent and the recent Hellboy reboot, looks set to scare audiences with another one of his horror offerings. Though he just wrapped The Reckoning starring Charlotte Kirk, Variety has revealed that Marshall is already prepping his next project, the action horror The Lair, which he will produce and direct.
In The Lair, “a Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair, who is on her final flight mission when her jet is shot down over one of the most dangerous rebel strongholds of Afghanistan. She finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons – half-human, half alien, and hungry for human flesh – are awakened. Sinclair barely escapes but unknowingly, tracks the creatures known as Ravagers back to a US army base.”
“If The Reckoning was a gothic drama in testament to the power and resilience of women, then The Lair is my true return to full-blooded horror and intense genre action in the style of Dog Soldiers, The Descent, and Doomsday. I’m making something scary as hell, pulse-pounding, and great fun. This is a crowd-pleaser—an adrenaline-pumping roller-coaster ride. Spectacular and loud, inspired by classic genre movies like Aliens, Predator, and The Thing and their incredible use of practical creature FX. Featuring a new breed of screen terror, The Lair will be a snarling, ravenous beast of a movie. I’m going to get my hands bloody, making this one!” said Marshall in a statement.
“The Lair has the potential to become a cult classic that showcases Neil’s extraordinary work we have already enjoyed in his hits such as The Descent and Dog Soldiers. The worldwide distributors are seeking powerful classic genre films with excellent execution from an expert’s hands. The Lair ticks all the boxes,” added Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser.
The Lair is currently casting and looking to begin production in Spring 2021.