Ben Wheatley has wrapped production on horror feature In The Earth, which Protagonist will introduce to buyers at AFM online this week.
The film, written and directed by the UK filmmaker, stars Joel Fry (Yesterday), Ellora Torchia (Midsommar), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Reece Shearsmith (A Field In England).
Details of the project have been kept under wraps, but insiders report that it filmed around Henley, England with the production team working on a small scale in a Covid bubble, ensuring sanitisation, social distancing and introducing one-way-systems.
The film’s story takes places 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.
It marks one of the first productions to be fully completed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Producer is Andy Starke for Rook Films alongside Tom Quinn and Jeff Deutchman who are executive producing for Neon.