Gunn announced on Facebook that Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean will be directing his script titled The Belco Experiment.
“The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.”
The film is coming from MGM with the enthusiastic support of head Jonathan Glickman, and producer Peter Safran, who worked on Annabelle and The Conjuring. The full post from Gunn is worth a read but he drops a few clues that are worth picking out.
“I was all for it, providing two things: 1) Although it has the heart and humor my films have all had, it is also the most intense and uncompromising script I’ve ever written. It would need to stay true to that. 2) I’d only do it if we found the right director – which, in some ways, I thought was unlikely…Jon promised we’d make the film with full integrity – and, so far, MGM has – awesomely – been true to their word. And, after a long, concentrated search for a director we came to Greg McLean. Greg shares my philosophy about honesty in film, and his naturalistic style lends itself to Belco. The past few weeks we’ve spent working together have been a joy – I don’t know if I’ve ever related to another filmmaker’s sense of aesthetics and love of film more.”
The Belco Experiment starts shooting in Bogota, Colombia in June. McLean directing a Gunn script? We’re a bit excited about this one.
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