It’s hard to imagine Mel Gibson’s Icon Pictures releasing anything but something with substance, especially after Passion of the Christ– but thank god their not! Shooting later this year in New Zealand is a horror film entitled Black Sheep, which is a frightening and funny horror film set in a New Zealand you’ve never seen before. It has brave heroes, creepy locations and creatures lurking in the dark. Rread on for the skinny…
The ultimate fear of 4 million New Zealand inhabitants (who are outnumbered by 40 million sheep) bears fruit in BLACK SHEEP, the horror/comedy to be written and directed by newcomer Jonathan King that we first told you about here. The film, set to begin lensing in New Zealand in November, concerns genetically altered sheep that turn into homicidal monsters. Soon it’s humans doing the bleating!
“BLACK SHEEP is a frightening and funny horror film set in a New Zealand you’ve never seen before,” King says in a statement. “It has brave heroes, creepy locations and creatures lurking in the dark.”
Helping out on those creatures is Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop, who have created the initial design work on the monstrous mammals. “Imagine were-sheep coming across farms to attack farmers in their cozy homes,” says Weta’s Richard Taylor, a multiple Oscar-winner from the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. “We’re looking forward to turning some beautiful little sheep into crazy killers.” Check out Weta’s website for an image gallery of concept art.
Mel Gibson’s production company Icon has picked up BLACK SHEEP’s distribution rights for Australia, New Zealand and the UK. “Only a New Zealand filmmaker could come up with a story that turns the cute and cuddly into the evil and menacing,” says Mark Gooder, CEO of Icon Australia. “This is a fun project that is simply and undeniably commercial in its intent. Icon is excited to be involved with it at such an early stage.”