Ben Wheatley Directs 'In the Earth' Horror Pic for Neon

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Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia and Hayley Squires star in the virus thriller, with Protagonist selling to buyers at virtual AFM.

High Rise director Ben Wheatley has written and helmed the virus-inspired horror film In the Earth for Neon.

The indie stars Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires and Reece Shearsmith, with production having just wrapped and Protagonist launching sales at the virtual American Film Market.

As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, In the Earth sees a scientist and park scout venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, with the forest coming to life around them.

Neon has scheduled a 2021 theatrical launch in the U.S. market. Andy Starke produced for Wheatley and Starke’s Rook Films, alongside Tom Quinn and Jeff Deutchman executive producing for Neon.

Wheatley is repped by the Independent Talent Group and WME. Fry and Shearsmith are repped by the Independent Talent Group; Torchia by Conway van Gelder Grant and Film Talents; and Squires by B-Side Management and Management 360.