Visual-effects supervisor Richard Taylor (King Kong) told SCI FI Wire that he and his physical-effects team at Weta Workshop in New Zealand are deep in preproduction on their next project, a horror film entitled Black Sheep, according to Sci Fi Wire. The film is said to be a frightening and funny horror film set in a New Zealand, something you’ve never seen before. It has brave heroes, creepy locations and creatures lurking in the dark. Check out the official WETA website for some concept art or just read on for the skinny…
Sci Fi Wire writes:
Taylor—who most recently worked on such epic productions as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—described the film as a throwback to his days working with Rings/Kong director Peter Jackson on the director’s outlandish and low-budget horror films Meet the Feebles and Braindead.
Black Sheep is “a movie we’ve been trying to get off the ground for about a year,” Taylor said in an interview. “It’s a weird sheep movie, where sheep run amok in New Zealand. When there’s 40 million sheep and only 4 million people, imagine how messy that could be. These are werewolf sheep, and it’s a real horror movie. We’re going back to our roots. It’s a real Braindead movie, a splatter movie. It’s a small New Zealand movie. It’s a first-time director [Jonathan King]. It’s a wonderful script.”
Taylor added: “It’s wonderful for us, because it affords us the ability to go back to our roots, to go back to animatronics. It will be mostly done with puppetry and animatronic work. The script is beautiful, and that’s where it all starts. It’s funny. It’s scary. It’s wonderful fun, with crazed, bloody, animatronic sheep. The deadline is very, very short, so we have to bring all of our innovative thought to bear on it, but we’re all excited about it.”
King Kong opens on Dec. 14