by: S. Scott Stanikmas
James Gunn may be too busy with prep work for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to direct anything else at this moment, but that doesn’t mean his projects need to sit by the wayside. A script he wrote a few years ago, The Belco Experiment, is finally getting some production steam behind it. Gunn is teaming with MGM to get the film made and has hired Austrailian director Greg McLean to helm it.
Gunn released the following statement via his official Facebook:
I’m incredibly excited to announce that we’re commencing production on a new film, The Belco Experiment, from my own script. The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.
According to Gunn “it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge.” He says it has all the heart and humor we know him for, but is also the most intense thing he’s ever written.
The writer behind Slither and the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead, Gunn has a proven track record when it comes to mixing humor with horror. And McLean is no stranger to horror, having directed the Wolf Creek films that center on a deranged killer in the Aussie outback.
Shooting is set to start in Bogota, Colombia in June. No release date has been mentioned yet.