Jeremy Saulnier (awesome director of one of our favorites, Green Room, and Blue Ruin) is set to direct an original film for Netflix. This is huge news not only because we are getting another project from this fantastic director, but because he’s getting the respect he deserves. We only get a few truly great filmmkaers a generation, and we have to nurture and support them. And who would’ve thought the streaming giant would be such an unwavering champion of indie and genre film?
The new film, called Hold the Dark, will star Alexander Skarsgard, Jeffrey Wright, and Riley Keough. Written by Macon Blair (who created the much-anticipated I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, also for Netflix), and adapted from the novel of the same name by William Giraldi, it promises to be another unique and grueling experience we’ve come to expect from this duo.
Set in Alaska, Hold the Dark follows writer Russell Core who is tracking a pack of wolves that may or may not have killed a few local children. Hired by the parents of a boy believed to have been killed by the wolves, the writer gets more than he bargained for when the boy’s mother disappears. The father returns from the Iraq War to seek answers in the most violent way.
Wright is set to play a biologist in the area, and Skarsgard and Keough will play the parents.
While we were hoping for the next film from Saulnier to keep the color momentum (and maybe of the red or even yellow variety), we’re still beyond excited for his next film.
No word yet on whether this will see theaters or being a strictly digital release.