Mary Lambert Attached to Mermaid Horror ROLLING IN THE DEEP
Now that’s a fucking pun right there.
We all love Mary Lambert. She directed the much beloved Pet Sematary and Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge.
YES. You read that right. Mary Lambert directed the DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie for the uninitiated) sequel to their wildly popular Halloweentown series and as much as I want to talk ABOUT THAT, this article is about some recent news.
Rolling in the Deep is a YA fantasy horror novel from Mira Grant that is about a film crew that heads out to the Marianas Trench to film a faux-doc on mermaids before actually encountering the sea creature. The twist is, these merfolk are not the same kind that pop culture has popularized, but instead grim and gritty creatures with murderous intent. The novel did well enough to warrant a sequel, Into the Drowning Deep, which has also seen sizable numbers. I think it’s safe to say that Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE), who has green lit the film with Lambert attached, has franchise in mind.
So let’s break down why this is exciting. Seeing Lambert return to the genre, is of course, a joy on its own. She hasn’t dabbled in the scene since 2011’s Mega Python vs. Gatoroid and let’s face it, that’s not exactly Lambert firing on all cylinders. So a return to form seven years down the road lends itself to some anticipation. Not only that, but it’s encouraging to see Lambert so thrilled about the project. In her interview with Variety, Lambert stated that “‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a film led by complicated badass female characters. I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career. Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.”
They will take you down. Awesome.
If that’s not enough to get you stoked, don’t worry, there’s more. The novel was written by Mira Grant which is a pen name for the writer of badass female fronted comics over at Marvel, including Spider-Gwen and X-Men Black: Mystique. So now are we not only getting a film from someone who WANTS to make scary badass mermaids, it’s also adapted from a novel written by an accomplished YA novelist who ALSO writes badass comics about kick-ass women.
A number of fun talents are attached in different ways as well. The screenwriter of Conan the Barbarian is working on the adaptation and The Bye Bye Man director Stacy Title is producing is citing Aliens, 47 Meters Down and The Shallows as influences. That’s a whole lot of hell yeah. We’ll keep you updated as news continues to drop but run out and snag the books and get ready for a totally wicked aquatic ride.