Producers of the 47 Meters Down movies and Fall are now working on the alligator horror movie The Bayou, starring Megan Best
Having freaked out movie-goers with the shark thrillers 47 Meters Down and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, as well as the survival thriller Fall (with a sequel now in the works), producers Mark Lane and James Harris of Tea Shop Productions are teaming up with Gavin Mehrtens and Ashley Holberry of Cowboy Cosmonaut for a new “nature run amok thriller”, a killer alligator movie called The Bayou!
Deadline reports that Megan Best (Seance) has signed on to star in the film, which will be directed by Matthew Ninaber (Death Valley). Production is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of this year.
Mehrtens has written the screenplay for The Bayou, working from a story by Holberry. That story crash-lands a group of friends in the water-logged, inhospitable Louisiana swamplands where they’re hunted by a fearsome, primordial apex predator. Best’s character leads the unfortunate survivors, out of their depth, who are picked off one-by-one by a relentless pack of gators, led by a ferocious alpha female.
Lane, Harris, Mehrtens, and Holberry are producing the movie together. Architect is executive producing and presenting the project to potential distributors at the Cannes Film Festival. Koala FX, a company that worked on Fall and Jeepers Creepers: Reborn, will be handling the special effects and creature creation.
Architect’s Calum Gray had this to say about the project: “The Bayou is a thrilling, no-holds barred, white knuckle ride that will keep today’s audiences wholly immersed and on the edge of their seats. The movie has a whole heap of tricks up its sleeve and will delight audiences with its ingenuity and fresh take on the survival genre. We’re delighted to be jumping on this excellent rollercoaster with Gavin, Ashley and the Tea Shop team!“
I’m always glad to hear that a new “nature run amok” project is in development, so I’m looking forward to seeing The Bayou and its rampaging alligators. I enjoyed both of the 47 Meters Down movies and Fall, so chances are good that I’ll like this one as well.
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