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Neil Marshall: This British filmmaker broke out in a big way with his second feature, the modern horror classic The Descent (his first, Dog Soldiers, is quite good as well), but his only major studio outing so far, Doomsday, did not fare well. He's since done solid work with a movie called Centurion and several episodes of Constantine, Black Sails and Game of Thrones, including the latter's stunning "Blackwater." That piece of film should be enough alone to get him at least a meeting inside the hallowed halls of Lucasfilm. Marshall is a superb technician but not as strong with character, which could be a minus. His sensibilities, like those of Matthew Vaughn, may also skew a little too dark and rough.

Development: Hellboy’s Neil Marshall meets The Reckoning; FX stares into ‘feminist Black Mirror’ and more

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Oct 16, 2018, 4:38 PM EDT

MoviePass may be treading choppy financial waters with its imploding ticket subscription plan, but it’s nevertheless bankrolling an intriguing horror project from Hellboy reboot director Neil Marshall.

The Wrap reports that Marshall and MoviePass are teaming up on The Reckoning, a 17th-century movie set amid the witch hunt trials of England during an outbreak of the plague. Marshall reportedly will direct the movie, and Charlotte Kirk (Ocean’s 8) will star, working from a script they co-wrote alongside Edward Evers-Swindell.

Kirk reportedly will play protagonist Evelyn Haverstock, "a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous landlord after she rejects his unwanted advances.”

Filming on The Reckoning reportedly will start in January. No release date has yet been announced. Marshall’s Hellboy reboot, starring Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour, is slated for an April 12, 2019 release.

FX reportedly has just picked up new anthology series Her Body and Other Parties, a book adaptation that’s being pitched as “feminist Black Mirror."

Based on a collection of short stories from Carmen Maria Machado, the new series is being written by Gina Welch (Feud: Bette and Joan, The Terror) for FX Productions, according to Deadline

Using a recurring cast of female characters who traverse the different story lines, Her Body assembles “psychologically vivid tales of women’s fears and desires on landscapes of horror, fabulism, and wild-haired absurdity,” and is “described as a feminist Black Mirror with fairy tale themes,” Deadline notes.

Machado’s original collection garnered all kinds of awards and nomination on the book circuit. FX hasn’t yet revealed information about casting, the creative team, or a release target, so stay tuned for more. 

Finally, Deadline also is reporting that two sci-fi projects from Spanish screenwriter Javier Gullón have been picked up for adaptation on both TV and the big screen.

Gullón’s First, a “youth driven sci-fi thriller,” reportedly is being made into a feature film, with an eye toward launching a movie franchise. Satellite, a story pitched as having “the emotional nature of Arrival and the wonderment of Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” is being developed into a TV series. 

Neither project has been attached to a film studio or TV network for distribution, and no development timeline has been revealed for either.