Screen Gems and Third Street Pictures announced today that Robert Hall, President of Almost Human Inc., has taken the reins for creating the infected in Quarantine 2, the follow-up to the 2008 hit Quarantine. This marks Hall’s return to the Quarantine franchise as he created the special makeup effects in the first film as well (you can check out his work on the special features of the Quarantine DVD and Blu-ray in the “Dressing the Infected” featurette).
Hall has gained quite a reputation as the go-to guy for creating “the infected” since he recently worked on Breck Eisner’s The Crazies (due on DVD and Blu-ray on June 29th) in addition to his work on the first Quarantine film.
How closely will the effects for the sequel follow Almost Human’s previous work?
“John has a fresh approach for the film so we’re working hard together to create some new unique designs while maintaining some continuity with what was established in the first movie,” explained Hall. “But I’m definitely jazzed to be back creating the infected once again for the franchise.”
Written and directed by John Pogue, Quarantine 2 follows a group of people as they deal with the outbreak started in the first film, but this time the infection follows them to the airport, which means they’ll have more to deal with than just annoying tourists.
Pogue said, “The first major creative decision I made for the sequel to Quarantine was to get Robert and Almost Human on the project. I was a huge admirer of their work on the first movie. The effects Robert and his team created for the rabid humans and their various stages of infection were uniquely twisted, realistic, and terrifying. I know that Robert’s vision and talent will deliver shocking and inventive makeup designs and effects that can only take the Quarantine franchise to the next level.”
With Quarantine 2 currently in pre-production (shooting is slated to begin in June) and his recent project Old Scratch (with a teaser trailer sneaking online last week here) in the works as well, it seems that Hall is keeping himself quite busy on all fronts.
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