Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire comes out this Friday, which means tons of interviews are being posted due to embargoes being lifted. And in one such interview with Collider, Wheatley was asked about his next movie, the action horror/thriller Freakshift, which will star Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina).
In the interview Wheatley explains, “It’s monsters, shotguns, trucks, fighting at night, and it’s in the future, things jumping out like crabs. Stuff with claws. That’s the elevator pitch. And August is when we shoot it.”
While that sounds radical, wild, and potentially very dark, he explains that they’re not going for an over-the-top aesthetic but rather are taking inspiration from the 50’s! “It will be dynamic and exciting the same way that Free Fire is. But it won’t be sadistic. But it will be fun. It’s a kind of a 50s B-movie done through the prism of ‘Hill Street Blues’ and Doom,” he adds.
The story will follow Vikander (pictured below), who leads a team of misfit cops that are tasked with taking down nocturnal underground monsters. Hammer will be playing her love interest.
Wheatley co-wrote the script with Amy Jump while his longtime producing partner Andrew Starke will be producing via their Rook Films banner.
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