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As the incredible KILL LIST hits U.S. audiences, Ben Wheatley is making the rounds and the latest brought news of a very cool-sounding monster movie.
Wheatley is already putting the finishing touches on his dark comedy/serial-killing-lovers-on-holiday tale SIGHTSEERS (you can see what he had to tell Fango about that here) and as he told The Playlist, is beginning work on FREAK SHIFT, the project to come after the already-written "psychedelic" I, MACROBANE.
"It's a cops versus monsters thing we're doing. We're doing test shoots and storyboards and rewrites at the moment on that. I'm hoping MACROBANE first and then getting at FREAK SHIFT at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. It's an adventure/sci-fi thing. It's like HILL STREET BLUES. It's about a crew that's built up this armored vehicle and they go out and have to respond to 911 calls about these big monsters that have come out of the ground. They come out of the ground every night but there are different creatures -- there are these massive half-monkey mutant things and loads of weird spiders and shit."
He added, "It's been cool. I'm a big collector of comics, so I've been talking to a bunch of old '2000 A.D.' artists and they've been doing artwork for it. And we've got some 3D models of the creatures, which we're going to test this month."
Wheatley also briefly addressed his ABCs OF DEATH segment, only noting, "It's very, very violent."
Aside from just how fun FREAK SHIFT sounds, the promise of it and the continued variety of films with which Ben Wheatley wants to explore should have everyone real excited. DOWN TERRACE and KILL LIST have already proved Wheatley is a something of a force, adept at risky tonal shifts and hitting truly hard, and I, for one, am willing to follow wherever he goes.
KILL LIST is now available on VOD, and you should see it as soon as possible. It was my favorite movie of the year.
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