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Ben Wheatley wraps secret virus horror film “IN THE EARTH”

Friday, November 6, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The director of KILL LIST and HIGH-RISE shot his latest fright film under the radar.

Deadline reports that Ben Wheatley shot IN THE EARTH in secret during the pandemic. Neon has picked up the U.S. rights, and will bring the movie to theaters next year; Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires and Reece Shearsmith star. The synopsis: “As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.”

Wheatley also recently signed to direct THE MEG 2, which could mark his first leap into big-ticket studio filmmaking (unless TOMB RAIDER 2, to which he’s also attached, rolls first). The giant-shark sequel will see original star Jason Statham return, along with the first film’s screenwriters, Jon and Erich Hoeber and Dean Georgaris.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.