Newly relaunched Feature Film Company producers Martin McCabe and Mick Southworth have announced their first two projects, with the period biopic “REBELLION” and the the planned adaptation of the classic supernatural tale “Turn of the Screw”, now retitled “OF THE DEAD”. The project, which was originally published in 1898 spins an original take on the “ghost story” by allowing readers to make their own interpretations of the events unfolding on the pages before them. Told from the perspective of a newly hired nannie, the story unfolds as the home they live in either becomes haunted by supernatural entities, or the children begin to play sinister games with the nanny. The original novella, coming in under 100 pages, breezes along and never leaves the reader with definitive answers as to exactly what happened, or at who’s hands.
Southworth, who was previously an executive producer on the Simon Pegg starred (and still to be released in the U.S.) “A Fantastic Fear of Everything”, partnered up with McCabe in 2013 to take over the long defunct Feature Film Company, which had been a London based distribution company since 1946. Following the relaunch, they partnered with the finance company Omeira, with a new plan for 2014 and beyond to become an independent production house based in London. And one with the longest history known.
“Rebellion” and “Of the Dead” mark the first two films on their slate, and we’re certain we’ll be seeing much more of these two in the coming months!