Deadline is reporting that Dublin-born director Gary Shore will direct a new thriller Red River, which is being backed by Northern Ireland Screen.
The film is set in an isolated town in Ireland, where a bloodthirsty drifter befriends an immigrant family and avenges their murdered family.
The script comes from Northern Irish screenwriter Ronan Blaney, who wrote the Oscar nominated short Boogaloo & Graham. The film is being produced by Mark Huffam of Generator Entertainment, as well as by Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions, and Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson of 23ten. XYZ Films, who will sell the film’s worldwide rights at the Marché du Film in Cannes this week, are exec producers.
A story about a vampire hell-bent on teaching an isolated town a thing or two about its treatment of outsiders is a valuable reminder that man is capable of being the real monster. I love Ronan’s script – heartbreaking, violent and touching all at once. With influences like High Plaines Drifter, Shane and Let The Right One In, it’s definitely an original in the genre with the potential to be a modern classic.
Gary Shore, Director
We’re delighted to be teaming up with Gary on Red River. We all believe he is the perfect fit for bringing this incredible Ronan Blaney script to life.
Mark Huffan, Producer
Shore is best known for directing Dracula Untold, as well as the St. Patrick’s Day segment of anthology film Holidays. Blaney is currently in pre-production with Abner Pastoll on A Good Woman Is Hard To Find, which has Sarah Bolger in the lead role.
Red River is set to shoot later this year in Northern Ireland.