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World First! Live For Films Exclusive – Neil Marshall’s next project (maybe)

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Neil Marshall at The Jameson Empire Awards

Earlier this evening I was luckily enough to be granted Press Access to the prestigious Jameson Empire Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Our write ups, video interviews and pictures will be up soon. But this was too delicious to wait till tomorrow. The Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds filmmaking competition is held annually runs for February with the winner announced at The Jameson Empire Awards.

This evening Chris O’Dowd (from the IT Crowd) and Director Neil Marshall joined host Dara O’Briain on stage to present The Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds competition winner – Maeve Stam with her award for her winning 60 second spoof of 127 Hours.

Afterwards Chris O’Dowd, Neil Marshall and Maeve Stam popped into the press room (affectionately known as the press pit). And I got to chat with Neil Marshall briefly about what he is currently working on.

Just to give you some insight since Centurion was released I have through various means being trying to find out what Neil will be doing next, with no luck, he is notoriously tight lipped about upcoming projects. Looking at his varied output; Dog Soldiers (Werewolves vs. Soldiers), The Descent (Ghoulies vs. Girls), Doomsday (Scotland vs. Everyone), Centurion (Celts vs Romans) it could be anyone’s guess. This is what he had to say:

He is having his first go at producing and is currently working on (his wife) Axelle Carolyn’s The Haunted. Which will be shooting shortly under her direction. He is also writing a script and chasing about 12 various projects. But if you had to ask what he was working on next, he doesn’t have a clue.

I pressed for more information on the script he was writing. He was surprisingly forthcoming and let us know it was a World War 2 alien invasion story.

Now anything can happen between now and a big screen film about a World War 2 period alien invasion seeing the light of day for instance Neil Marshall could be snapped up to fill the hole left by Darren Aronofsky’s departure from Wolverine or he could do a film about extreme cuisine (Underground) or he could make a 3D film about a evil force stalking a group of people in a blizzard making them spontaneously combust (Burst).

It is probably worth bearing in mind that if such a film was to be made Battle: Los Angeles would be a distant memory by the time it was actually released. A pared down gritty in the trenches Saving Private Ryan style soldiers vs Aliens sounds pretty exciting to me. What do You think?

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Tom Felton & Chris O'Dowd at The Jameson Empire Awards

On a side note I listened in while Film4’s Catherine Bray interviewed Chris O’Dowd and he was absolutely marvellous and exactly what you would expect him to be touching and funny. Unfortunately Catherine did not delve into his collection of over a thousand chocolate bar wrappers. I guess that’s something to look forward to next year.