Neil Marshall

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Neil Marshall
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Neil Marshall promoting The Descent at Comic Con 2006
Born (1970-05-25) 25 May 1970 (age 44)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Spouse(s) Axelle Carolyn (2007 – present)

Neil Marshall (born 25 May 1970) is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. Marshall began his career in editing and in 2002 directed his first feature film Dog Soldiers, which became a cult film. He followed up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent in 2005. Marshall also directed Doomsday in 2008, and wrote and directed Centurion in 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Marshall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was first inspired to become a film director when he saw Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at the age of eleven. He began making home movies using Super 8 mm film,[1] and in 1989, he attended film school at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). In the next eight years, he worked as a freelance editor. In 1995, he was hired to co-write and edit for director Bharat Nalluri's first film, Killing Time. Marshall continued to write and develop his own projects, directing his first film in 2002, Dog Soldiers, a horror film that became a cult film in the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he followed up with a second horror film, The Descent.[2] With his direction of The Descent, he was identified as a member of the Splat Pack.[3]

Recognition[edit]

Marshall won the British Independent Film Award for "Best Director of a British Independent Film" for The Descent.[2] The horror film also won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.[4] For his work on the Game of Thrones episode "The Watchers on the Wall", he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes
1998 Killing Time Writer, editor Co-wrote with Caspar Berry and Fleur Costello
2002 Dog Soldiers Director, writer, editor
2005 The Descent Director, writer Won British Independent Film Award for Best Director of a British Independent Film and won Saturn Award for Best Horror Film
2008 Doomsday Director, writer, editor
2009 The Descent Part 2 Executive producer
2010 Centurion Director, writer
2012, 2014 Game of Thrones Director 2 episodes: "Blackwater",[5] and "The Watchers on the Wall"
Pending - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2014 Black Sails Director 2 episodes: "I." and "III."[6]
2014 Constantine Director Pilot episode for the NBC TV adaptation of the Hellblazer comic books [7]

Future projects[edit]

  • Outpost is a planned film that Neil Marshall announced before starting The Descent. He described the premise to be zombies terrorizing an oil rig,[8] but he placed the film on hold for the time being.[9]
  • The Eagle's Nest is a planned film that Marshall described as a World War II action-adventure that would be a hybrid of Die Hard (1988) and The Remains of the Day (1993).[10] He said the film was an action adventure tribute to films like Where Eagles Dare (1968) and The Eagle Has Landed (1976). The premise would be about a rescue attempt for a parachutist, Rudolf Hess, who lands in Scotland during World War II. The rescue is botched, and Hess is taken by a German unit to a country castle.[9] He also said "It's a little bit of Where Eagles Dare, Indiana Jones, James Bond and its kind of an espionage story set during WWII but its not really a war movie as such it's a full on action-adventure."[11]
  • The Sword and the Fury is a planned film about a heist that takes place in medieval times. The story takes place 30 years after the death of King Arthur when his sword Excalibur is stolen. Arthur's queen Guinevere hires a band of thieves to steal it back.[9]
  • Sacrilege is a planned film that takes place in the Old West. Marshall described the film, "It is set during the Gold Rush, a time remembered for incidents like the Donner Party. It is meant to be a pitch-black, gritty, period horror movie." The film will be themed on paranoia and isolation, and the director will draw inspiration from the 1982 film The Thing. "This is Unforgiven by way of H.P. Lovecraft, with that grim, gritty setting and a horror element nobody has seen before," Marshall said.[12]
  • Burst 3D is a horror thriller film, first announced in October 2009, that Neil Marshall plans to direct.[13] The film, based on a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, would follow travelers stranded in a blizzard and being attacked by an entity that makes them spontaneously combust. Sam Raimi produced with his company Ghost House Pictures.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muller, Bill (4 August 2006). "Director rises to 'Descent'". The Arizona Republic. 
  2. ^ a b "Neil Marshall". bifa.org.uk. British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Keegan, Rebecca Winters (22 October 2006). "The Splat Pack". Time. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". Saturn Awards. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 12, 2011). "'Game of Thrones': Neil Marshall Among Season 2 Directors". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Neil Marshall Directing Pilot for Starz’ Treasure Island Prequel Series, Black Sails". Screenrant. 
  7. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/drama-pilots-constantine-and-secrets-lies-get-directors/
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Marshall on Zombie Sex, Descent 2 and More!!". Bloody-Disgusting.com. 2006-07-23. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  9. ^ a b c Chris Tilly (14 July 2005). "Neil Marshall to enter 'Eagle's Nest'". Time Out. Retrieved 8 June 2007. 
  10. ^ Chris Tilly (13 June 2005). "Neil Marshall returns to horror". Time Out. Retrieved 8 June 2007. 
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Director Neil Marshall Talks Burst 3D, The Sword and the Fury and More!". Retrieved Nov 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ Michael Fleming (10 March 2008). "Marshall to direct Rogue's 'Sacrilege'". Variety. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Neil Marshall to Direct Burst 3D". ComingSoon.net. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Neil Marshall Offers Update on Burst 3D". Dread Central. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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