As evidence of the sad reality that financing for independent projects is getting harder and harder to come by, director/producer Justin McConnell of Canadian company Unstable Ground has informed us that production of his upcoming horror film The Eternal has been postponed until 2011. However, that’s not stopping McConnell from proceeding with a slightly less ambitious film: The lower budget horror/thriller The Collapsed begins shoots in Toronto during August-September, 2010.
With regard to The Eternal (click here for more info), McConnell says, “The DTV market is close to dead, and The Eternal as packaged, with the budget and cast that we have attached, is too much of a risk for most investors, given the economy. It’s difficult to get an original independent film budgeted between $2-$3 million off the ground without A-list attachment; therefore, we’re going to rework the project to target a lower production budget and continue to move forward. This will probably mean a slightly less well-known cast, but the film and graphic novel itself will likely not change.”
As for The Collapsed, McConnell tells us that along with himself, “much of the production team from The Eternal will be working on the new film, including D.O.P. Pasha Patriki, art director/make-up FX artist Kevin Hutchinson (who co-wrote the script with McConnell), and composer Rob Kleiner. The film will be shot using the RED 4K.”
In the wake of the end of the world, a family of four desperately tries to survive against insurmountable odds. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home, Dover’s Bend.
The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries.
John Fantasia, Steve Vieira, Lise Moule, and Anna Ross portray the four members of the Weaver family with Vincent Thomas, Stefano Gallo, Neil Green, and Richard Cordeiro in supporting roles.
Check out the teaser poster below, visit the official The Collapsed website for more, and keep it here for upcoming stills and a trailer shortly.
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