James Gunn Announces Start of Production on ‘The Belco Experiment’

By March 31, 2015

Coming off of the massive box office success of Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios, writer-director James Gunn has said since that film was released that he was already hard at work on its sequel. That doesn’t mean, though, that he wasn’t up to anything else.

Announcing today from his official Facebook page, Gunn has revealed that he has written the script for a psychological horror film called The Belco Experiment, which will be directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and produced by Gunn and Peter Safran (The Conjuring). Gunn describes the story in the post by saying,

The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.

Gunn goes on to detail that the film will be financed by MGM Studios and will be shooting in Bogota, Colombia, and that full-on production will commence this coming June. In a way, this is something of a homecoming for Gunn, who is returning to the horror genre with his screenplay for this film. His first directing credit, Slither, was released in theaters nine years ago today, so that makes this announcement all the more interesting. He also said that he is extremely “passionate and excited” about this project, but also gave a bit of a caveat with that. It will be a little different from the other works that Gunn’s put his name on. He goes on to say,

1) Although it has the heart and humor my films have all had, it is also the most intense and uncompromising script I’ve ever written. It would need to stay true to that. 2) I’d only do it if we found the right director – which, in some ways, I thought was unlikely.

Gunn then praises McLean as the right man for the job, with MGM holding up the bargain of making a film with “full integrity” to the spirit of what Gunn has written. This should prove to be a very interesting odyssey to watch unfold, and GeekNation will be keeping a close eye on it.

The Belco Experiment doesn’t yet have any specified release info, but given that it begins shooting in June, the most likely window for release will be sometime in 2016. For more on this as it develops, keep a tab open to us!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.