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The Descent director Neil Marshall wants to make a WWII movie with aliens

03.28.2011

Looking at Neil Marshall's filmography (DOG SOLDIERS, DOOMSDAY, THE DESCENT, CENTURION), it's pretty obvious he's interested in mixing genre elements into something of his own.

He's currently working on swirling troops with extraterrestrials, as he tells Live For Films. Details on the project aren't yet known -- in fact, Marshall only spills that it's "a WWII alien invasion movie" and that he just came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago.

(I wonder if it's an evolution of his project EAGLE'S NEST, which he previously described as a DIE HARD-style WWII movie about German paratroopers trying to extract a captured Nazi leader from a Scottish castle. Would still like to see that from the filmmaker, with or without violent otherworldly invaders.)

Marshall also says he's "chasing about twelve different projects", which could be anything from his supper-club horror movie UNDERGROUND to the various Hollywood movies currently lacking a director (ahem, THE WOLVERINE). He's also producing actor/writer/director wife Axelle Carolyn's supernatural thriller THE HAUNTED.

Extra Tidbit: Marshall was once attached to direct the vehicular action thriller DRIVE starring Hugh Jackman, which now has Ryan Gosling directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (BRONSON).
Source: Live for Films

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7:10PM on 03/29/2011

Done That

This was done already in the 1980s called Zone Troopers. But it was a low budget film. So while not original in Marshalls hand this can kick ass with a good budget.
This was done already in the 1980s called Zone Troopers. But it was a low budget film. So while not original in Marshalls hand this can kick ass with a good budget.
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5:38PM on 03/29/2011

not actually a bad idea but...

why not just call it RESISTANCE

make a movie within that rich universe and it could really work. A) it's already got an established fan base and B) even though it would be a video game movie, the director and crew behind it were already very excited about making a WWII movie with aliens... come on now!
why not just call it RESISTANCE

make a movie within that rich universe and it could really work. A) it's already got an established fan base and B) even though it would be a video game movie, the director and crew behind it were already very excited about making a WWII movie with aliens... come on now!
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2:01PM on 03/29/2011
Love all of his films! Entertaining as hell and i like his style. Im sure whatever is next will be no different.
Love all of his films! Entertaining as hell and i like his style. Im sure whatever is next will be no different.
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9:19AM on 03/29/2011
Marshall's works are solid. I truly enjoy his movies...that being said, he could give Justin Marks a call and get his take on Grayskull: Masters of the Universe. It's been a while since we've heard from this front. Hell, he IS chasing projects, this one is as good as any other.
Marshall's works are solid. I truly enjoy his movies...that being said, he could give Justin Marks a call and get his take on Grayskull: Masters of the Universe. It's been a while since we've heard from this front. Hell, he IS chasing projects, this one is as good as any other.
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9:10AM on 03/29/2011
The Descent was one of those films that was so gripping, it made me feel like I had a fever. I was sweating, my eyes ached, but I couldn't look away - I held out hope that one of those girls would escape.
The Descent was one of those films that was so gripping, it made me feel like I had a fever. I was sweating, my eyes ached, but I couldn't look away - I held out hope that one of those girls would escape.
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8:25AM on 03/29/2011
Dog Soldiers and The Descent were both cool movies, Doomsday not so much, but I'm still interested by whatever Marshall's working on.
Dog Soldiers and The Descent were both cool movies, Doomsday not so much, but I'm still interested by whatever Marshall's working on.
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8:15AM on 03/29/2011
"..and that he just came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago." Yeah, probably after seeing the trailer to Cowboys And Aliens. I'm not surprised at all.

But I know I'll end up seeing it.
"..and that he just came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago." Yeah, probably after seeing the trailer to Cowboys And Aliens. I'm not surprised at all.

But I know I'll end up seeing it.
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6:22AM on 03/29/2011

I wonder if this may be an

adaptation of the "Worldwar" novels by Harry Turtledove, in which a full alien invasion occurs is launched in early World War 2 (1942 i think).
adaptation of the "Worldwar" novels by Harry Turtledove, in which a full alien invasion occurs is launched in early World War 2 (1942 i think).
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3:42AM on 03/29/2011

Whatever Neil Wants...

GIVE IT TO HIM. He's one of the best genre directors working in the business. There isn't a film of his that isn't totally, ridiculously entertaining.
GIVE IT TO HIM. He's one of the best genre directors working in the business. There isn't a film of his that isn't totally, ridiculously entertaining.
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12:37AM on 03/29/2011

The Descent was very good...

...until the last 20 minutes when the girls started going all action hero on the creatures. The tone that the movie set up was completely ruined when the creatures showed up.

The rest of his movies are average at best. I admire him for that fact that he isn't afraid to get an R-Rating, but I hated all the cgi-fake looking blood in The Centurion. Fake blood that isn't cgi looks SOOO much better.

Overall the man is very overrated.
...until the last 20 minutes when the girls started going all action hero on the creatures. The tone that the movie set up was completely ruined when the creatures showed up.

The rest of his movies are average at best. I admire him for that fact that he isn't afraid to get an R-Rating, but I hated all the cgi-fake looking blood in The Centurion. Fake blood that isn't cgi looks SOOO much better.

Overall the man is very overrated.
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10:43AM on 03/29/2011
I loved it when the bitches went bad ass at the end of the movie. Those fight scenes were incredible. They did a good job of transferring from a bunch of scared shitless people to people that had to swallow that fear and fight to try to survive.
I loved it when the bitches went bad ass at the end of the movie. Those fight scenes were incredible. They did a good job of transferring from a bunch of scared shitless people to people that had to swallow that fear and fight to try to survive.
12:27AM on 03/29/2011
"The Descent" is easily one of the best horror movies of the last 10 to 15 years.
"The Descent" is easily one of the best horror movies of the last 10 to 15 years.
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11:49PM on 03/28/2011

Burst

Whatever happened to that? A horror movie about spontaneous combustion is what 3D was made for.
Whatever happened to that? A horror movie about spontaneous combustion is what 3D was made for.
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11:25PM on 03/28/2011
I love every movie this guy has put out!!
I love every movie this guy has put out!!
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