MPI and Fantastic Films have struck a deal to produce three genre films, per Screen Daily, The two-year deal triggers principal photography The Cherry Tree in the fourth quarter. David Keating (Wake Wood) will direct.
MPI’s Greg Newman said, “Fantastic films have amazing taste and a great understanding of genre filmmaking and we look forward to our collaboration with them. Together, we make an incredibly strong development and production team, and are very likeminded about the type of films and filmmakers we intend to work with. There are several amazing projects on the horizon and we look forward to jumping in immediately.”
Only the most patient viewer could probably discover bona fide excitement with Wake Wood, an awkward horror picture, the latest from Hammer Films. Borrowing key ideas from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, filmmaker David Keating manufactures his own take on occult acts of ghoulish rebirth, establishing a motion picture of grisly possibility and rural isolation, hampered by lethargic execution.
Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice – their only child – at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur, the village’s leader, a far bigger question looms – what will they do when it’s time for Alice to go back?