Anthony Hickox Erects a Shrine in Cannes


Best known for Waxwork and Hellraiser III, director Anthony Hickox is readying his return to the horror genre with a new project unveiled at Cannes, The Shrine. The news comes via Screen Daily, which reports that UK sales outfit Carnaby International has acquired worldwide sales rights to the sci-fi thriller.

Set against the backdrop of war in the Middle East, when a US drone strikes a rebel convoy, a blackout engulfs the Syrian-Turkish border. The US and Turkish military team up to investigate, stumbling upon a shrine at a mosque in a deserted town. What they find buried beneath will test the soldiers’ faith.

Sebastian Pearson is producing for his banner Pearson Films; his previous credits include Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as an associate producer. Hickox will direct and has penned the screenplay.

Production is slated for early 2018, with cast to be announced at a later date.

Pearson commented: “Our original idea was to take a high concept, action sci-fi idea and set it in a mosque amongst the Syrian conflict to highlight the craziness of all religious prejudices. Much like Get Out used classic horror to highlight racism in the US.




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