Celador exploring 'Descent' sequel

John Harris will make directorial debut on horror pic

LONDON -- U.K. indie shingle Celador Films is reuniting with French-owned and U.K.-based Pathe on a sequel to low-budget boxoffice hit "The Descent."

The Neil Marshall horror flick claimed $57 million at the boxoffice, a sizable return on the original investment on a movie budgeted at less than $10 million.

Produced by Marshall and Christian Colson, "Descent 2" marks the directorial debut for its predecessor's editor, Jon Harris.

Based on a script by James Watkins ("My Little Eye"), the $10 million sequel will shoot more than eight weeks on location in Scotland and at London's Ealing Studios.

The stars of the original film, Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza, will reprise their roles, alongside Gavan O'Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge and Krysten Cummings.

The script sees the survivor forced back into the system of caves she battled her way out of in the first film, in a bid to locate the rest of her group.

Celador is bankrolling the project.

Pathe Distribution will release the film theatrically in the U.K., and Pathe International will handle international sales.