André Øvredal, the Norwegian director of the cult horror "mockumentary" Trollhunter, is about to make his first-ever English language horror film with backing from Britain's Goldcrest films.
Trollhunter, which was released in 2011, apparently only grossed around $4m on a $3.5 million budget, but has gained something of a cult following among aficionados of kooky fantasy and horror films.
And now the maker of the "pretty damn spectacular" horror movie, Trollhunter is exploring new realms of film-making and has started casting "The Autopsy of Jane Doe", and will begin shooting the movie in London this winter.
Apparently the plot of the film follows a father-and-son team of coroners, working in a mortuary of a small town and carrying out an autopsy on a young murder victim. As their examination proceeds, they uncover increasingly bizarre clues on her cause of death.
The film is based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing and, according to Variety, will be produced by Fred Berger (“Taking Chance”) and Eric Garcia (“Matchstick Men”) under their Impostor Pictures banner, alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (“Welcome to the Punch,” “Monsters: Dark Continent”). Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are executive producers.
André Øvredal said, "The Autopsy of Jane Doe has everything I want in a horror movie - great characters, an intriguing mystery and it is simply one of the scariest scripts I have ever read."
"I am proud to make this my follow-up to Trollhunter and I am excited to be in business with Goldcrest," he added.
Goldcrest films was apparently busy in the 1980's, producing such classics as Gandhi and Chariots of Fire. While quiet for a while, they recently relaunched and are working on films including the Margaret Thatcher biopic "The Iron Lady."