It’s about time.
First, these two were attached to the long-gestating Hellraiser remake, which seemed to fit like a snug glove. But then they were taken off that project, sadly. Not too long after, their names were pegged with this August’s Halloween sequel, H2. In the end, that project went back into Rob Zombie’s hands.
Their bad luck stops here. A long two years after completing their incredible debut, A’ L’Interieur (Inside), my choice for the best horror film of the last five years, French filmmaking duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are finally all-systems-go on a follow-up. Their next project is titled Livid, and it’ll be their English-language debut. The most interesting aspect of Livid: Maury and Bustillo plan to tone down the insane bloodshed seen in Inside. Still a horror/thriller, but done with more subtle strokes.
The gore is what gives Inside it’s visceral right hook, but the film’s undeniable sense of claustrophobic dread is what really makes it such a giant in my eyes. So this news of decreased carnage is fine with me.
The plot of Livid:
“Billed as a ‘dark romantic fairy tale,’ Livid turns on three young men who decide to rob an elderly woman’s house in the Irish heathlands.
Maury and Bustillo have completed the screenplay. Inside DP Laurent Bares will repeat as cinematographer.
Budgeted at $8.5 million, Livid continues Fabrique’s line in competitively priced, low-budget genre films. Pic also looks set to be structured as a France-Ireland co-production. Livid will be ready for delivery in spring 2010.”
There’s two sides to the debate amongst horror diehards over this: On the one hand, the gore is so perfectly-handled in Inside that to not continue the red-drenched goodness feels like a crime; on the flipside, though, rampant blood does not alone make a great horror film.
If Livid allows Maury and Bustillo to show and prove on the pure skills side, I’m all for it. Inside is too awesome of a debut for these guys to not establish themselves as prime-time players. (If you’re curious to see Inside now, by the way, hit me to schedule a DVD screening hosted by yours truly. It’ll blow your mind.)
I’ll be keeping a sharp eye on Livid‘s progress.
News spotted over at: Bloody Disgusting