Just yesterday we spoke with the very generous & amazing KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS‘ director Ben Wheatley (read that here) regarding his current and upcoming projects, and today more exciting news has been announced. Drafthouse Films, the independent distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, has announced they’ve acquired Ben Wheatley’s latest film A FIELD IN ENGLAND!
Amazingly described as a “psychedelic trip into magic and madness” (best logline ever?), A FIELD IN ENGLAND “follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces.” Sounds like a mix between an AIP adaptation starring Vincent Price mixed with a early hallucinogenic Roger Corman film. Holy shit yes, sign me up!
Drafthouse Films is aiming for a release later in the year. Here’s the official press release straight from them:
“When we world-premiered Ben’s debut feature Down Terrace at Fantastic Fest in 2009, he deservedly won top prize, the AMD Next Wave award. We knew we were witnessing the debut of a major talent.” says Fantastic Fest Founder and Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, “Ben represents the ideal filmmaker we love to support at Drafthouse Films and fully embodies our unique brand – a visionary who compounds genre themes and artfully unusual sensibilities. We are incredibly honored to be working with him to release A Field In England.”
“I’m very excited to be working with Drafthouse on A Field in England. They are a great company who have released some groundbreaking films over the last few years. I went to Fantastic Fest in 2009 wanting to visit a cinema I’d read about for years (and to buy up as many Mondo posters as I was allowed to take on the plane), I came away with the start of a career. Drafthouse is a name that will always be special to me and I’m really happy to be working side by side with them,” says Wheatley.