Indies reunite for 'Descent 2'


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 worldwide boxoffice, a sizable return on investment for 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, 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.

Celador is funding the project.

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