Anchor Bay Entertainment UK has announced that it has signed a co-production agreement with Next Level Films and that feature film ‘World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen‘ will be helmed by directing duo Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills. Next Level Films will produce through its genre label Atomic Level Films and the film will star Ray Panthaki (28 Days Later, City Rats, Kidulthood), Wendy Glenn (You’re Next) and Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil, Green Street 3).
To celebrate the centenary of WW1, a TV Documentary team travels to the Somme to put together a ratings smash about new mysteries relating to the famous battle. However, what they unearth is far from a new story of those that died 100 years ago – but an army of the undead and a brand new war.
Anchor Bay’s Director of Acquisitions Rod Smith said “I am delighted to be announcing this first Anchor Bay Entertainment UK production and excited to be working with such exciting and talented people as Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills at Next Level Films. This project has been in development with us for some time as we searched for the right partners to work with, Bart & Freddie understood it immediately and helped us develop it to an even higher level.
Along with our existing titles in pre-production with Jonathan Sothcott’s Richwater Films, we hope to be able to announce further projects in the near future as we develop our local production slate further.”
Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills of Next Level commented: “We’re delighted to be working with such a prestigious outfit as Anchor Bay on this exciting project, and are sure it will be the start of a long and successful relationship. With our fresh approach to the found footage horror film combined with Anchor Bay’s experience and expertise in this genre this promises to be a film that will entertain audiences far and wide.”
‘World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen‘ begins filming now. Anchor Bay UK will retain worldwide sales and distribution rights as part of the deal.