Highland Film Group announced today the company has come aboard to handle worldwide sales for the new horror action thriller The Lair, written, directed, and produced by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, The Reckoning, Hellboy).
Casting is currently underway with plans to start principal photography in Spring 2021. Highland Film Group will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming virtual American Film Market.
The Lair is produced by Neil Marshall / Scarlett Productions Ltd.
Going back to Marshall’s creature horror roots, The Lair tells the terrifying tale about a Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair who is on her final flight mission when her jet is shot down over one of the most dangerous rebel strongholds of Afghanistan.
She finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons — half human, half alien and hungry for human flesh — are awakened. Sinclair barely escapes but unknowingly, tracks the creatures known as Ravagers back to a US army base.
“If The Reckoning was a gothic drama in testament to the power and resilience of women, then The Lair is my true return to full blooded horror and intense genre action in the style of Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday. I’m making something scary as hell, pulse pounding and great fun,” said Neil Marshall.
‘This is a crowd pleaser. An adrenaline pumping roller-coaster ride. Spectacular and loud; inspired by classic genre movies like Aliens, Predator and The Thing and their incredible use of practical creature FX. Featuring a new breed of screen terror, The Lair will be a snarling, ravenous beast of a movie. I’m going to get my hands bloody making this one!”
“The Lair has the potential to become a cult classic that showcases Neil’s extraordinary work we have already enjoyed in his hits such as The Descent and Dog Soldiers. The worldwide distributors are seeking powerful classic genre films with excellent execution from an expert’s hands. The Lair ticks all the boxes,” said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser.
“Neil is at the top of his game when he is directing evocative creature films such as The Lair. When we read the script, we knew immediately that this would be another one of his signature event movies. We cannot wait for him to get to work,” continued Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier.
Highland Film Group’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Mark Neveldine’s Panama, starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson; Randall Emmett’s Wash Me In The River, starring Robert De Niro, John Malkovich and Taylor Kitsch; Randall Emmett’s Midnight in the Switchgrass, starring Bruce Willis, Megan Fox and Colson ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ Baker; Andrew Baird’s One Way, starring Colson ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ Baker and Travis Fimmel; and Alec Baldwin’s Rust.
Their lineup also includes: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Becky, starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James and Joel McHale; Infamous, starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley; Andrew Baird’s Zone 414, starring Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel; John D. Eraklis’ Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Howie Mandel; Mark Earl Burman’s Ambush, starring Aaron Eckhart; The Tiger Rising, starring Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid; and Skylin3s, the third chapter of the successful franchise, starring Lindsey Morgan.