Sister Darkness is being backed by UK-based 108 media and is currently up for sale at the Cannes market, with Alex Proyas directing.

Alex Proyas, director of 1994’s The Crow and 1998’s Dark City, is set to return to the independent horror roots that made his name. His next project, Sister Darkness is currently up for sale at Cannes with the script also having been written by the filmmaker.

Proyas made his name in the mid-90s with The Crow, a dark, horror-laced revenge movie before moving onto bigger-budget fare such as 2004’s I, Robot and 2016’s Gods Of Egypt. Sister Darkness marks the filmmaker’s return to lower budget, horror-inflected filmmaking.

The film’s synopsis reads as such:

“Sister Darkness is a macabre female-driven fever dream of revenge and gothic terror.” It takes place in 1930s UK, a time in history when women were marginalised and exploited. Central character Alice happens to cross paths with “her doppelganger Isla, whose existence is a mystery seeped in a tale of bloody retribution against her oppressors, the hellish supernatural nightscape and a dreaded uprising against the deceitful aristocracy.”

It will certainly be fun to see a UK-set period film (even though it’s shooting in Australia) that isn’t a straight-up drama or literary adaptation.

With an estimated $35m budget, Proyas is reportedly planning to make the VFX really work hard, using the expertise he’s gained on such effects-heavy movies such as I, Robot. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year and run through until mid-2023. We’ll let you know as we hear more.

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