A group of mercenaries imprisoned in Brazil, are murdered and then led into hell to battle with the devil before he can unleash darkness and fire on earth. Not only is that the greatest synopsis you’re likely to read all year, but it’s also the plot of the new movie Hell Bent which is to be directed by Cultoid favourite Corin Hardy.
Following Hardy’s incredible 2015 debut The Hallow, it was announced that he would be taking the mantel on a remake of The Crow, and whilst many (including us) were hugely excited for that project, it seems it may be doomed to languish in development hell. The Crow’s loss is our gain though, and Hell Bent seems like the perfect property for Hardy to step up into.
The film is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vaharadian at Paramount from a script by Mike Finch. Potentially exciting is the budget (reportedly somewhere around £60million). Though many would consider this a gigantic sum, in movie terms it’s very much a middle ground amount, and one which is rarely given to filmmakers anymore. All of us cinema snobs have been complaining for years that films seem to be either massive blockbuster sized (£200million or more) or tiny indie movies. But so much of what made 70s and 80s cinema great was the mid-sized film, where directors and crews get a chance to really shine, whilst also coming up with creative ways to push the envelope. Hell Bent could be just the ticket in this case.
And of course there’s still a chance that The Crow might return again from the grave. I’m sure if Hell Bent delivers the goods then all of Hollywood will be queuing up to offer Hardy the terms he wants. Here’s hoping.
More updates on this as we hear them.