It’s been a busy year for Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontiere(s)). Not only did the French director wrap production on supernatural thriller The Crucifixion, but he just completed photography on the long in-development adaptation of Albert Sanchez Piñol’s Spanish novel, Cold Skin.
As previously reported, The Lovecraftian tale of isolation and madness has been in the works since 2009 when 30 Days of Night director David Slade was developing from a script by Alex and David Pastor (Carriers). At some point, that creative teamed turned over and Gens ended up shooting the film from a script by 28 Weeks Later scribe Jesús Olmo.
On the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
Cold Skin stars Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, Big Game) and David Oakes (The Borgias, The White Queen) along with Spain’s double-Goya nominee Aura Garrido.
It is skedded for release sometime in 2017.
Here is the first official poster for the film, along with a first look at the film: