Variety, in the course of reporting on a new project by writer/director Neil Marshall, reveals that Lions Gate has slotted the British filmmaker’s subterranean horror film DESCENT for a mid-2006 U.S. release. The movie, which follows a group of female cave divers as they’re trapped below ground with flesh-hungry creatures, won strong reviews when it opened in its home country, but had the bad luck to be released a day after the London subway bombings, which negatively impacted the box office. You can see the movie’s official website here.
Marshall’s latest project is DOOMSDAY, a MAD MAX-esque futuristic actioner in which a group of people try to stop a disaster that threatens to wipe out humankind. It will be produced by Rogue Pictures (which will release) and Crystal Sky Pictures, and is the first project to be acquired by Rogue’s new president of production Andrew Rona since he moved to that company from Dimension. (PROJECT GREENLIGHT viewers will remember him as the Dimension exec overseeing the production of FEAST.) Marshall, whose credits also include the military werewolf film DOG SOLDIERS, will roll DOOMSDAY in the UK next spring.